Rachael Stokes

Earlsfield Woman

Fixing Earlsfield’s ‘missing link’: letter to Merton Council

Further to my earlier post regarding the Haslemere Industrial Estate redevelopment in Merton, I have signed a joint letter from the Wandle Valley Forum on behalf of local groups and councillors to the Cabinet Member for Environmental Sustainability and Regeneration, urging him to support our efforts to fix the Wandle Trail’s ‘missing link’ in Earlsfield. I have also written separately to the developers First Base in response to feedback from local residents after their recent public exhibition. I will share responses as I receive them. In the meantime, if you would like to support the ‘missing link’ campaign please get in touch at rstokes@wandsworth.gov.uk  

26 September 2015

Dear Councillor Judge


We are writing in advance of the planning application being submitted by First Base for the redevelopment of the Haslemere Industrial Estate in Earlsfield. This follows helpful discussions with First Base and the two public exhibitions which have been held to inform the proposals.

The scheme raises many issues for the local area. These will be addressed in separate representations. We want to take this opportunity to demonstrate the strength of shared opinion about the opportunity this development provides to improve the Wandle Trail and provide links to Durnsford Road Recreation Ground.

Closing the “missing link” in the Wandle Trail is one of the most important priorities for the Wandle Valley Regional Park.  The local community has also been working for decades on providing a direct link for Wimbledon Park residents to the Wandle.  We can now address both issues through the Community Infrastructure Levy and any s106 obligations that will accompany any planning permission for this redevelopment.  We ask that these provide for both a new route for the Wandle Trail from Trewint bridge under the railway line to connect with the site, and a formal connection to Durnsford Road Recreation Ground through the south west of the site. These will both be well used by the new residents as well as bringing much needed benefit to the surrounding area.

We are conscious of the effort that it will take to implement these two projects and believe Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust is well placed as the delivery vehicle. It has the skills and already has some financial resources to bring to the table in negotiations over the Wandle Trail with Network Rail, Transport for London and other landowners. This needs to be recognised and supported as part of the planning agreement.

We hope it is helpful to have this opportunity raised ahead of the planning application and that it can be negotiated into the final proposals. We should be happy to discuss the project with you at any stage and would welcome the opportunity of a meeting before conclusion of any pre-application discussions.

Yours sincerely

Tony Burton

Chair, Wandle Valley Forum

and on behalf of:

Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust

Wimbledon Park Residents Association

Wandle Runners

Merton Living Streets

Merton Cycling Campaign

Wandsworth Environment Forum

Wandsworth Living Streets

Wandsworth Cycling Campaign

Wimbledon Park ward councillors – Oonagh Moulton, Janice Howard, Linda Taylor

Earlsfield ward councillors – Rachael Stokes, Charles Lescott

Stephen Hammond MP

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