Eco-Friendly Homes Plan For South Wimbledon

Green roof garden and air source heat pumps are part of scheme

South Wimbledon homes plan
Architect view of how the homes will look

Comments are being invited over plans have been submitted to build two eco-friendly houses, with roof terraces, on a disused car park in South Wimbledon.

Easy Land Ltd want to build the two two-bedroom semi-detached properties on land in Norman Road which currently provides four parking spaces for the residents of five flats iin Hastings Court.

A report presented to Merton Council on their behalf states the car park hasn’t been used by the occupiers of the flats since 2017 – unless by visitors or unauthorised users. There is also no current provision for cyclists.

The proposed new homes would provide front garden storage for four cycles and the occupants would not be allowed to apply for car parking permits in loca streets.

Other eco-friendly features include a sedum roof garden and open areas which will provide space for planting. Black zinc cladding will screen off the roof garden, giving privacy for the new residents on their terrace as well as for their neighbours. The properties will feature air source heat pumps and solar panels.

The report, prepared by Faithfull Architects, says the air source heat pumps will be stored within “acoustic enclosures” so they are no louder than the local background noise.

Their report concludes: “The new dwellings are carefully designed to m aintain and complement the scale and proportions of the street, they are contemporary in style and will contextually contribute to the present eclectic streetscape where the numerous building styles and their scale are a reflection of their time.

“The report makes full use of an existing site, providing much-needed additonal accommodation and enhancing the streetscape…The proposed materials allow the scheme to respect the area and complement its diverse appearance.”

Merton Council is inviting comments on the scheme until May 5, prior to it being discussed by its planning committee.

To find out more, look for application 23/P0772 on the council’s planning explorer.

April 24, 2023