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The Canons draft Conservation Management Plan

Have your say - until 27 January 2017

This draft Conservation Management Plan has been commissioned by London Borough of Merton to inform the development of detailed design and activity proposals as part of a Second Round Heritage Lottery Fund Bid under the ‘Parks for People’ programme which is due to be submitted in February 2017.

The Plan has involved considerable engagement with several local community groups who are extremely knowledgeable and active in conserving their local heritage.

We would welcome your feedback on this draft. As the draft document is large, it has been split into sections to make it easier to download.

Draft Conservation Management Plan for The Canons

Please let us know what you think by writing to us at the addresses below by 27 January 2017



London Borough of Merton
Civic Centre,
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

What is the draft Conservation Management Plan for The Canons?

The plan is designed to inform the conservation, repair, use, management and possible alteration of The Canons, whose site boundary also incorporates the Park Place estate.

This Conservation Plan provides an overview of its historical development its local and wider context, as well as outlining how the park’s heritage is looked after. A statement of significance is provided in terms of different types of heritage. Risks and opportunities are outlined which inform the development of a number of policies covering conservation, new work, standards of maintenance, access, climate change, effects on the environment and managing Information about heritage.

The term ‘The Canons’ describes the entire site currently owned by the London Borough of Merton ( which does not include ‘Park Place’). This report includes an appraisal of the heritage value of Canons house, Park Place and several other building and structures as well as the designed landscape. The report examines the main conservation-related issues and outlines guidelines for the future management of the site.

The London Borough of Merton intends to use the Conservation Plan as supplementary planning guidance to inform applications in the area.


The main conservation aims for the Canons correspond to the three priorities of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which are set out in their guidance as follows:

Outcomes for heritage

  • With our investment, heritage will be:
  • better managed
  • in better condition
  • better interpreted and explained
  • identified/recorded

Outcomes for people

With our investment, people will have:

  • developed skills
  • learnt about heritage
  • volunteered time

Outcomes for communities

With our investment:

  • your local area/community will be a better place
  • to live, work or visit
  • negative environmental impacts will be reduced
  • more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage

The Canons Partnership

The Canons Partnership, a group comprising local community organisations and Merton Council, is formulating a detailed bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for up to £4 million to spend on the Canons area of Mitcham.

To find out more about this exciting project and the events going on, please link to The Canons Partnership website

This page was last updated on Thursday 22 December 2016

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