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Conservation areas

conservation area

Conservation areas are designated by the council as areas of special architectural or historic interest, whose character or appearance should be preserved or enhanced.

Find out if your property is in a conservation area (My Neighbourhood)

List of conservation areas in Merton

There are currently 28 conservation areas in Merton. For character assessments, design guides, maps and other documents follow the links below.

  • A to D - Bathgate Road, Bertram Cottages, Copse Hill, Dennis Park Crescent, Drax Avenue, Dunmore Road, Durham Road
  • E to M - John Innes - Merton Park, John Innes - Wilton Crescent, Kenilworth Avenue, Lambton Road, Leopold Road, Merton Hall Road, Mitcham Cricket Green
  • N to We - Pelham Road, South Park Gardens, Upper Morden, Vineyard Hill Road, Wandle Valley, Westcombe Avenue
  • Wi to Z - Wimbledon Broadway, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon Hill Road, Wimbledon North, Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon West, Wimbledon Windmill, Wool Road


To find out if you need planning permission, and how to make a planning application, please see Planning Advice.

If you are preparing a planning application it is often a good idea to use our Pre-Application Advice Service, which includes conservation advice. There is a charge for this service.

If you have a specific technical question relating to conservation, you can contact a Conservation and Design Officer using the contact details below.

Design guides and character assessments

Design guides highlight the main architectural features and important qualities that contribute to the character of a conservation area. They provide guidance for good design practice and will be taken into consideration when planning applications are considered.

Character assessments justify the conservation area designation and define the features of interest that give each area a special character. The assessments also make a number of proposals which are aimed at either protecting the special character of the area, where it is seen to be under some threat, or enhancing the character of the area where there are opportunities to do so.

To see character assessments and design guides for a specific conservation area see the links above.

Changes to conservation areas

The council will review and monitor the boundaries of existing conservation areas through the preparation of character assessments. The council will also consider designating new conservation areas with reference to the following criteria:

  • origins and development of the area
  • archaeological significance and potential of the area, including any scheduled ancient monuments
  • historic street patterns and layout of property boundaries
  • prevailing uses, or mix of uses
  • age of buildings of historic interest and whether there are Statutory Listed or Locally Listed buildings
  • potential threat to the existing character from inappropriate forms of development
  • quality of architecture and the prevalence of building materials which reinforce the identity of an area, and distinguish it from other areas
  • quality of trees or other vegetation
  • character and hierarchy of spaces and townscape quality.

See also

Contact us

London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3777

This page was last updated on Friday 1 July 2016

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