New five-storey apartment block next to TESCO and demolished care home among latest planning applications in Croydon, Merton and Sutton

Plans for a new five storey mixed used block, pipework installation and a new care home are all included in the latest planning applications sent to Croydon, Merton and Sutton. Local authorities receive hundreds of planning applications a week, which must all be validated.

Public comments in support and objection of plans can also be submitted to aid planning officers and local councillors in their decisions. Several highlights from the most recent set of proposals can be found below, with more details available on the respective council’s website.

Croydon council has received an application to outline the development of a new five-storey building at 1A Brighton Road. The proposed building will house 28 self-contained residential units and three commercial units on the ground floor.

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The derelict Brighton Road site which could house the new five storey apartment block
The derelict Brighton Road site which could house the new five storey apartment block
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The new block will replace the long dormant site adjoining the Tesco Express and Chennai Dosa restaurant on the busy road that leads out of the town centre. Along with the commercial and residential units, the new development will also include an internal green space and cycle store.

Reserved matters such as access, appearance, landscaping and layout will be considered at a later stage of the application process. This current application, submitted by Qasim Gulamhusein, is currently awaiting a decision from Croydon council.

Waddon Waterworks plan to install new pipework

A water treatment plant in Waddon has applied to install new pipework in and around its premises in order to maintain its clean water supply. The proposed works will take place largely within the grounds of Thames’s Water’s Waddon and Brantwood Water Treatment Works, situated between South Croydon and Roundshaw.

The majority of the new pipework would be located wholly under the operational land of the site, with the only work outside the site being the connection point along the busy Waddon Way. In their application, Thames Water have stated that two onsite trees must be felled if the works are to take place.

In their application cover letter, Thames Water stated: “The need for this work is imperative in order to ensure a clean supply of water. The application is currently awaiting a decision from Croydon council.

Royal Marsden branch implements bat boxes

Sutton’s Royal Marsden Hospital branch has applied to discharge the latest stage of planning permission for its recently opened Oak Cancer Centre. Last week, the cancer specialist hospital in Belmont issued an application to discharge condition 23 of the planning application process.

This condition requires planning applications of a particular size to monitor the impact the alteration will have on the local bat population. This is often completed through the implementation of bat boxes. The hospital has submitted their bat monitoring evidence to Sutton council and is currently awaiting their final decision on whether they can complete what is often the final stage in the planning process.

This centre, which was opened by the Prince of Wales June 8th, replaced the existing Sycamore House ward with a state-of-the-art cancer treatment complex. The new development was fully funded by the hospital’s in-house charity.

Wimbledon Chase apartment block cladding

The owners of a tall apartment building next to Wimbledon Chase station have applied to improve the building’s old exterior cladding. Maxen Homes have asked Merton council for permission to update the copper brown cladding on the side of its St George’s Court property.

The building, which houses residential units and a popular Tesco Express on the ground floor, is one of the area’s tallest buildings. In the past, local residents pushed back against its development on account of its comparatively large size and lack of wheelchair access.

The application has stated the new cladding will bring the building up to the highest safety grade and ensure its non-combustible status. It also noted that the new cladding would be the same colour as its predecessor, ensuring no aesthetic change to the building on 1A Rothesay Avenue. The application is currently awaiting a decision from Merton council.

Dated Mitcham care home to be demolished

Mitcham’s Cumberland care home has applied to demolish its current site at 67 Whitford Gardens. It is planning to replace the ageing building with a 64-bedroom care home with updated parking, landscaping and new site infrastructure.

The building, owned by Care UK, currently has 52 furnished bedrooms and provides residential, dementia, nursing and end of life care for the wider Mitcham area. If approved, the new development will also see increased parking space, improved accessibility and a cycle store alongside the increased bed capacity. The application is currently awaiting a decision from Merton council.

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