The Wimbledon Masterplan
In autumn 2018 Merton Council released its masterplan for consultation, a strategic view for the future of the Town Centre.
The ten emerging priorities are:
- Greening Wimbledon with sustainable design, tress and green spaces
- Mid-rise contextual architecture
- Architecture that enhances the area
- More public space including a town square
- Improved cultural space
- Reduce traffic dominance
- A world class transport interchange
- Over station development
- Higher quality retail offer
- Independent retail spaces
Core Strategy plan:
To ensure Wimbledon continues to develop and maintain its position as a diverse major centre offering excellent shopping, business and cultural facilities.
- Maintaining and enhancing the retail core of the centre
- Encouraging the provision of office development
- Supporting the provision of community and leisure facilities
- Attracting visitors (high quality hotels / conference facilities)
- Strengthen position of Wimbledon through site redevelopment of key sites
- Promote a balanced evening economy
- Improve public realm
- Supporting public highway improvements
Crossrail 2 – continuing to get business voices heard
Crossrail 2 has created initial proposals to make Wimbledon station a main hub on the new CR2 network connecting South West London to North London. Clearly this has both positive and negative effects on the town centre.
Love Wimbledon is supportive of Crossrail 2 in principle – but not to the detriment of the town centre and the businesses that are here.
Love Wimbledon lobbies Crossrail 2, Merton Council and politicians, with the basic premise that any change MUST improve the town. From business feedback we have highlighted:
– Minimal impact from construction on businesses and customers in the town centre
– Plans for enhanced retail and leisure with improved public spaces
– Buildings of architectural significance protected
– Sustainable buildings and spaces with a 21st century station
– 100 year solution not a quick fix
From All Party Parliamentary Groups, GLA forums to local residential groups, we continue to listen and to represent the business aspiration.