More Consultation Over South Wimbledon Housing Plans

Further scrutiny into controversial schemes

Plans to redevelop three Merton housing estates, including South Wimbledon's High Path, face further scrutiny.

A Conservative proposal to increase the scrutiny into plans by Circle Housing Merton Priory for the High Path, Eastfields (Mitcham) and Ravensbury (Morden) estates was agreed at a recent council meeting.

Plans are being put forward to demolish and re-build the housing association's homes.

But residents have criticised the plans, and have appealed for more consultation.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Janice Howard, Conservative Housing Spokesman said: "The way this whole project has been handled so far leaves a lot to be desired. Despite the various concerns expressed by tenants, leaseholders and freeholders on the estates, Labour seems happy just to wave the proposals through without proper scrutiny and safeguards. 

"Merton has a once in a generation chance to improve the lives of thousands of families and it’s crucial we get it right. That means learning from the mistakes of the past by ensuring a good mix of housing for the future. Yet, instead of replacing sub-standard flats with the high quality homes and gardens that residents tell us they want, Labour wants to cram over 1,000 more households into the existing sites."

July 16, 2014