Local developments

Rainbow Estate Planning Application - September 2015

Update 24 September 2015

At the Planning Committee on the 17 September 2015 the two planning applications (Refs: 14/P4287 and 14/P4288) were approved. 

Several local councillors and a representative of this Residents' Association spoke against the application, urging the Committee to refuse the applications. However, these representation went unheeded by the Committee.

It now remains to be seen whether "Workspace", the promoter of the application, is able to deliver the "Kiss and Ride" facility on the south side of Raynes Park Station, which would be of some benefit local residents, or not. Most of the area of land, which would be taken up by the "kiss and Ride", belongs to Network Rail and it is currently unclear as to whether NR would want its land developed in this way.

These two planning applications were submitted in December 2014; one being for the redevelopment of the Rainbow Industrial Estate (Ref 14/P4287) and the other for the access on the southern side of the Station, the "Kiss and Ride". (Ref: 14/P4288). These applications can be viewed in Merton Planning Explorer.

Click here and input the reference numbers 14/P4287 and/or 14/P4288. Click "Search". When the search result appear, click on the reference number in the "Application Number" box. Next select "View Related Documents", further down that page. This step make take some time, as there is a lot of them.

This Association is concerned about a number of issues, including:

  • Whether such a high density of Residential units on this site is appropriate.
  • Whether the existing railway arch is suitable as the only access to so many dwellings.
  • The massing of the blocks of flats (up to 7 storeys) at the southern end of the site and the visual intrusion in West Barnes Lane and over Bushey Court.


Impression of view from

West Barnes Lane,

near Bodnant Gardens,

Carters Estate





This Association's detailed response to 14/P4287 to Merton's Planning Dept may be read here.

The response to 14/P4288 (The Kiss & Ride) may be read here.

Previously Reported:

Members may have received a leaflet from Workspace, the owners of the Rainbow Industrial Estate. There was a public exhibition about their latest development proposals. This was in Raynes Park Library, SW20 8BA, over 18-19 September 2014.

If you have queries about the development, Workspace give the following contact details:

0203 176 45555

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Links to our previous articles:

Rainbow Estate - October 2013

The Association's Response - Rainbow Estate - July 2013


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