Original plan for larger scheme is back on the table
Controversial plans for flats to be built on the site of the former Emma Hamilton pub (below) in Kingston Road, Wimbledon Chase, are to go to appeal.
Planning permission for 55 flats in a four-storey building were rejected at a Merton council planning meeting last month.
It was the second version of the plans - which reduced the scale of the development from the original application - which was turned down by councillors.
But now the developers have told the council they plan to appeal against the council's failure to determine the first application within the statutory period. This plan was for a five-storey development, including 57 flats and shop space on the ground floor.
Merton council had advised the developers that planning permission for the first scheme would probably have been turned down, but it was never formally refused. Many local residents objected to the original scheme, principally because of the scale of the development.
Merton's planning committee discussed the issue at a meeting on Thursday (December 13) when they agreed they would have refused permission for the original plans. The date of the appeal is not known.
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December 14, 2012