Local developments

Atkinson Morley Hospital Site and other news.

Berkeley Homes has held an exhibition to present revised plans for the hospital site to local residents prior to submitting a planning application.
The plans displayed at the exhibition can be seen on the LUNG web site.

Berkeley Homes advise that the revised plans have been made necessary by higher than expected costs to restore the old hospital building. Higher than expected costs is neither unusual nor a valid justification for a planning application which should be considered on its own merits against planning guidance. In summary the plans:
  • Are for two 5 storey apartment blocks (15 apartments in each) at the rear of the old hospital building in place of 8 houses in the approved application.  This would take the total number of residential units on the Firs and hospital sites to 101.  The currently approved application is for 79 residential units and the scheme previously approved in 2005 had 94 residential units.
  • The underground parking approved at the front of the site (56 places) is replaced by a partially underground car park (82? parking spaces) at the rear of the hospital building.
  • Access to the car park is via a road which would be shared with pedestrians and cyclists accessing Morley Park.
  • The car park and the eastern apartment block intrude into Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) and elsewhere the blocks and car park are built up to the MOL boundary
  • There is a courtyard between the 2 apartment blocks on top of the proposed car park.
The Residents' Association of West Wimbledon (RAWW) AGM Tuesday 15th October
The RAWW AGM will be held at 8.00pm (refreshments from 7.30pm) on Tuesday 15th October 2013 at St Matthew's Church Hall, Spencer Road.  Everyone is welcome.
Prudential Ride London
Very early warning - The event will take place next year on the 10th August but the route hasn't been determined pending a review of this year's event.

Many thanks for all the very useful feedback on this year’s event.  We have written to the Mayor and others and will follow up as necessary. Some of you wrote to tell us you enjoyed the event but others wrote about serious problems including reports that carers were unable to cross the barrier of closed roads by car to visit those who require daily assistance, less physically able people were unable to visit relatives in hospital, and some were unable to attend their church.  There were reports of problems experienced by those going on, or returning from holiday on the 4th, which were particularly severe for the physically less able. 

Jane Barnes
Residents Association of West Wimbledon

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