Plans are currently underway to redevelop the Haslemere Industrial Estate on Ravensbury Road in neighbouring Merton. Initial proposals from developers First Base include the provision of 120 new homes (a mixture of town houses and apartments), new space for local independent businesses and a landscaped public park.
They have already held two public consultation events and are planning to submit a planning application to Merton Council at the end of the year.
Opportunity to address the Wandle Trail’s ‘missing link’ in Earlsfield?
One significant feature of the site plans is a commitment to improve public access to the River Wandle. This presents a key opportunity to address what has become known locally as the Wandle Trail’s ‘missing link’. Local groups such as the Wandsworth Cycling Campaign and the Wandle Valley Forum have been campaigning for this to be addressed for years.
At present, walkers, cyclists and runners using the Trail have to travel down Penwith Road and busy Garratt Lane before returning to the path at either Acuba Road to the north or Trewint Road to the south. If the trail was extended beneath the railway bridge (see pink line in the picture below), this would provide a much safer, scenic and enjoyable route.
What you can do
If you would like to join a local campaign to complete the Wandle Trail’s ‘missing link’ in Earlsfield please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, you can feedback directly on the proposed plans for the site by contacting Four Communications: email@example.com, 020 3697 4230, 20 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9BF.
There will be further round of public consultation in the next few months. I will keep you posted.
Plans for the site are available at www.firstbase-haslemere.london