Significant Planning Applications
Wimbledon town centre has a significant amount of interest from investors and developers demonstrating a positive future for the town. The larger commercial planning applications are listed below.
Currently in consultation
- Wimbledon Hill public spaces
- St George’s House East
- 19 Worple Road
- Centre Court – Queen’s Road
- Centre Court – roof
- Wimbledon Bridge House
- 13 – 19 Wimbledon Hill Road
- 12 Hartfield Road
The Local Plan
The Local Plan sets out a vision, strategy and a lot of planning detail for the London Borough of Merton with significant implications for Wimbledon Town Centre. The council consulted businesses and residents and it has now been submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.
The Local Plan is created by Merton Council and is a development plan as part of the government’s planning system. It sets out the strategic planning framework for 15 years in Merton and covers subjects such as new homes, healthy streets, transport, air quality, climate change, retail, office and industrial development. Once adopted it supersedes all planning documents.
The top line parts of the plan are:
Foreword / Good Growth Strategy / Urban Development Objectives
Neighbourhood overview of Wimbledon
Merton’s aim is to ensure Wimbledon continues to be a thriving destination for businesses, local residents and visitors.
To make Merton a more environmentally sustainable place and net-zero carbon by 2050.
2. Places and spaces in a growing borough
To ensure the creation of sustainable, efficient and high-quality design of the urban environment.
To support economic recovery, business investment and jobs growth.
4. Green and Blue Infrastructure
To protect Merton’s open spaces, green infrastructure and nature conservation.
To improve and promote more active and healthier lifestyles of our residents, tackle the causes of ill health and health inequalities.
To support the provision of additional homes to meet Merton’s substantial population growth and housing need.
To ensure that the necessary infrastructure is secured to support growth in the borough.
8. Transport and Urban Mobility
To make Merton a healthier, cleaner and inclusive place by making it easier to move around in a safe environment.
Read our response to the Local Plan here.
The Wimbledon Masterplan
In autumn 2018 Merton Council released its masterplan for consultation, a strategic view for the future of the Town Centre which was then adopted in 2020 as the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
The 10 key priorities are:
- Greening Wimbledon with sustainable design, trees 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