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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council chamber - Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX. View directions

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No. Item


Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor David Dean. Councillor Najeeb Latif attended as substitute.


Declarations of Pecuniary Interest


Councillor Draper declared that he was previously involved as Cabinet Member in starting the Wimbledon Park Lake Project but this would not prevent him from participating on that item.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 94 KB


RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 19 August 2021 were agreed as an accurate record.


Town Planning Applications

The Chair will announce the order of Items at the beginning of the Meeting.

A Supplementary Agenda with any modifications will be published on the day of the meeting.

Note: there is no written report for this item


The Committee noted the amendments and modifications to the officers’ report. The Chair advised the items would be heard in agenda order.


Wimbledon Park Lake, Wimbledon Park, Home Park Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 7HX pdf icon PDF 272 KB

Application No: 21/P1930

Ward: Village and Wimbledon Park

Recommendation: GRANT Planning Permission subject to conditions.

Additional documents:


Proposal: Engineering works to the lake, spillways and embankment to improve lake safety, in accordance with the reservoir act 1975 as amended.


The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation.


The Committee received a verbal representation from one objector who made points including:


-       Whilst the work to the dam and addition of sleeping policeman were welcome, ‘significant problems remained’

-       A condition had been requested to include a site specific flood risk assessment

-       The current proposals didn’t meet the requirements

-       An open channel in the crazy golf area would be better with an open channel for the whole length


The Committee received a verbal presentation from the Agent who made points in response including:


-       The design had been refined to balance the engineering works requirements against the impact to the landscape

-       The design had been developed with key stakeholders and consultation undertaken with monthly steering groups since 2017

-       Flood modelling work had been undertaken and the proposed scheme did not lead to increased flood risks


In response to member questions, the Development Control Team Leader (North) advised that:


-       The flood risk officer was satisfied the design was suitable in planning terms subject to conditions.

-       The dredging of the lake was not part of this application.

-       The river links up to the existing part behind the café building after the crazy golf section.


Members made comments that the rockery and cascade area were currently taped off and in disrepair and that analysis on the assumption that the culvert was blocked would be beneficial. The Chair responded that the Cabinet Member responsible should be contacted on both points.




The Committee voted to GRANT Planning permission subject to conditions.



21 Neath Gardens, Morden, SM4 6JN pdf icon PDF 143 KB

Application No: 21/P1546 

Ward: Ravensbury

Recommendation: Grant planning permission subject to conditions. 

Additional documents:


Proposal: Erection of a new single storey end of terrace dwelling house and single storey rear extension to the existing house.


The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation.


In response to member questions, the Development Control Team Leader South advised that bedrooms must meet certain standards and sizings and the proposed single bed bedroom would fall below the double bed standard.

In relation to the shared path, this would remain as shared and could be adjusted to ensure better access for disabled users.


In response to member comments, the Development Control Team Leader advised that a condition could be added to ensure that the construction work only be undertaken Monday to Saturday for limited hours. It was noted that a construction logistics plan had been included.


RESOLVED: That the Committee voted to GRANT planning permission subject to conditions.


89 Worple Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4JG pdf icon PDF 444 KB

Application No: 21/P2154
Ward: Hillside

Recommendation: Grant Prior Approval, subject to conditions and permit free legal agreement  

Additional documents:


Proposal: Application for prior approval in respect of the proposed erection of one additional storey on top of existing block of flats to create two additional residential units.


The Committee noted the officer’s report and presentation.


In response to questions from the Committee, the Development Control Team Leader North advised that each flat did propose an amount of amenity space at top floor level. The proposal was for a one storey extension and there were no amendments planned for the rest of the building.


RESOLVED: That the Committee voted to GRANT prior approval, subject to conditions and permit free legal agreement.


Planning Appeal Decisions pdf icon PDF 208 KB

Officer Recommendation:

That Members note the contents of the report.


Members noted the Planning Appeal decisions report.


Planning Enforcement - Summary of Current Cases pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Officer Recommendation:

That Members note the contents of the report.



Members noted the Planning Enforcement Report.