Wimbledon Town Centre Flats Plan Is Deferred

Developers want to turn Made In Italy restaurant site into six floors of flats

Made in Italy restaurant in Wimbledon

By Tara O'Connor, Local Democracy Reporter

A block of 20 flats with no affordable housing in Wimbledon has been deferred by Merton Council.

The plan was to redevelop 141 The Broadway, a three storey period building which is now the 'Made In Italy' restaurant (pictured above) into six floors of flats.

But the site already has permission for another scheme. It is the second time the site has come before Merton Council’s planning committee in the past year.

In September, plans for 16 one and two bedroom flats were approved, two years after identical plans were rejected by the council.

When the planning committee met on Thursday (April 25) it heard new proposals for the building of the south side of The Broadway.

It was described as merging ‘a modern design approach’ with the predominant use of a yellow stock brick and full height windows with aluminium framing.

It was for the refurbishment of a ground floor unit, currently the Made in Italy restaurant, and demolition of the two existing residential upper floors and replacement with six new floors.

The plans received 11 letters of objection including one from the Wimbledon Society which was concerned that the height of the building risks turning The Broadway into an ‘urban corridor’.

And the Wimbledon East Hillside Residents Association asked where the green spaces and gardens were going to be.

In a letter it added: “There is a small ‘visual garden’ on the first floor ‘inner courtyard in the proposed build.

“But this is not a real garden, it will be some pot plants on a dark, cheaply paved area. This is not a sustainable, honest attempt at greening the area.”

But at the meeting, Sundeep Singh Bhavra on behalf of the applicant said the plans meet local and London-wide standards. 

“The internal space meets London plan standards,” he said.  “The plans of the scheme meet Merton’s sustainability requirements.

“There is no harm to neighbouring communities other than that which was seen as acceptable.”

The panel voted to defer the proposal until a report from the council’s Design review Panel is submitted.

April 28, 2019