Luxury Home Plan For Wimbledon Village Flats

Cinema and games room planned for house in conservation area

Plans to reconvert Cecil Court in Wimbledon Village

August 14, 2023

A Wimbledon Village property now containing four flats, with a total of 11 bedrooms, could be converted into a luxury five-bedroom family home complete with a basement cinema and games room.

Merton Council has been asked to give planning permission to the conversion scheme at four-storey Cecil Court in Lingfield Road, which falls inside the West Wimbledon Conservation Area.

The Gothic building is one of four built in Lingfield Road between 1872 and 1876, and was converted into four flats in 1932, according to a report prepared by planning consultants, Cullen Planning.

The report claims that although there would be a net loss of residential units, the conversion back into a family home would make a “positive impact” on the conservation area.

It states: “Although Merton’s planning policy does not support the net loss of residential units, the conversion of the building back into a single family dwelling would give the opportunity to make a positive impact on the Conservation Area.

“Currently the four Victorian houses (nos 34, 35, 36, 37) which were built in the 1870s have all been converted into flatted accommodation.  Reverting to a single family dwelling would help to preserve the historic character of the Conservation Area.

“The immediate conservation area is characterised by similar sized family dwellings, therefore the proposal is in keeping with the local Conservation Area character.“

It also claims there are fewer larger family homes in Merton, and as the borough aims to offer a better mix in the size, type and location of housing this reconversion will “help maintain the balance”.

Documents submitted alongside the planning application show a luxury home complete with cinema, games room, study, utility room and three bathrooms.

There would be three parking spaces – two fewer than the current property – and what the developers call a “generous” back garden.

A detached double garage which was previously part of the property has since been demolished and is being converted into a three-bedroom house.

A brick stair enclosure and conservatory would be demolished, if the scheme goes ahead, leaving more space between the property next door.

Merton Council is seeking comments on the scheme until August 30, and you can make your views known by searching for Application Number 23/P1986 on the council’s planning explorer.

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