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Urban design and conservation projects

Major projects

There are a number of proposals for major development sites and regeneration schemes across the borough.

For information on current development schemes, please click the links below

Urban design

Urban design is the art of making successful places for people. It includes the way places work and the connections between people and places, movement and urban form, nature and the built environment and the processes for ensuring successful places.

100 Green Lane, St HelierCore aims of urban design are:

  • Enabling more sustainable patterns of development through more efficient use of land
  • Creation of places that are easy and safe to move within and through
  • Creation of successful places and encouraging distinct identity in regenerating parts of the borough
  • Creation and enhancement of streets and public spaces, ensuring they are safe, accessible, pleasant and human in scale
  • Creation of lively places with distinct character
  • Making places that are visually attractive and inspiring.

There are many benefits to be gained from thinking coherently about the way places work and how they are designed.

Merton’s Design and Conservation team works to raise the quality of design across Merton, from the detailed design of buildings to the quality of the public realm to developing masterplans, design frameworks and development briefs for regeneration schemes.  

There are many regeneration opportunities in Merton and the role of good urban in the planning system is key to delivering sustainable development and the core aims noted above. We are committed to delivering high quality design in new developments and areas undergoing regeneration, whilst preserving and enhancing areas of distinct character and quality.

What we do:

  • We provide urban design advice to guide new development and improve Merton’s environment.
  • We guide development that affects urban design and conservation through the production of masterplans, planning frameworks and design briefs.
  • We provide pre-application guidance to developers for major developments.
    For information on arranging pre-application meetings please visit the planning applications page.
  • We run Merton’s Design Review Panel whose aim is to promote high standards of architecture, urban design and landscape design across the borough.
    The panel is made up of a group of design professionals who provide independent, expert assessment of major proposals, whose advice is recognised as part of the planning process.

Merton's Borough Character Study and area design guides

The Borough Character Study highlights Merton’s specific characteristics and local issues that may be addressed through the development process and environmental improvements. Local guidance is included within the study which will help to preserve existing character where appropriate, enhance existing character where it has deteriorated and establish a new identity in areas where the sense of place has broken down.

The study breaks the borough down into 36 neighbourhoods, with the first phase (May 2012) including; Morden, Eastfields, Grand Drive, Haydons Road and Leopold Road

Borough Character Study

Design guides have been prepared for the St Helier and Wimbledon Park areas:

These guides highlight the characteristics of these areas and the architectural features of their buildings.

The guides encourage residents to give careful consideration to the design and detailing of any changes to their properties, and to give advice as to how such changes can be made without compromising the character of individual properties or the wider area.

Design guides for some of the conservation areas in Merton are also available via the Conservation Areas page.

Greening your Home

Greening your Home: A householder's guide to sustainable design and construction

Contact us

London Borough of Merton
12th Floor Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837 / 020 8545 4141
Fax: 020 8545 4160

This page was last updated on Thursday 8 January 2015

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