Sustainable Wimbledon Public Meeting



You are warmly invited to attend a

Sustainable Wimbledon Public Meeting
Thursday, 3 December 2015 at 7:30 pm
Trinity United Reformed Church, Mansel Road, SW19 4AA

Crossrail 2 will have a massive effect on Wimbledon Town Centre and bring vast and much needed improvement to our transport infrastructure

With it will come disruption in the short term, but also a unique opportunity to create
exemplary sustainable development. Come to learn more, and to share ideas about the redevelopment.

Crossrail 2 Consultation Documents are available here:
Please bring along a copy of the Wimbledon proposals:

Organised by Wimbledon Civic Forum, Sustainable Merton and WEHRA

An article on climate change and cities in the Guardian:

Ahead of the COP21 UN climate summit, Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis argue that the choices cities make today on transport and industry will determine whether the world can benefit from resource-efficient growth…


Marcus Beale introduced the topic and three questions, to be answered one after the other: – where will it be – what do we replace with – how do we cope with the disruption?

Matthew Hillier described the historical development of Wimbledon Station, showing views and maps of how the station has developed over time.

MB described Crossrail 2’s preferred option. This is a ‘base scheme’ against which others will be considered using cost benefit analysis. Some would like to see a tunnel under Wimbledon. This will involve extra cost, so a cost benefit analysis will happen. It is important that everyone responds to the consultation, because issues rasied now, for example facade retention, will be fed into the larger scheme.

Tom Walshe described how new development can be an opportunity. He reminded us of the Merton Rule for 10% renewables, the impetus for sustainable development and how this can be an exemplar.

Anthony Wilkinson described the new Concert Hall proposal for Wimbledon, as part of social sustainability and developing an arts destination. The hall will generate year on year economic benefits for the area enhanced by Crossrail 2.

The Master Plan for Wimbledon will be commissioned by the Council in Spring 2016, and all sectors of the community will be encouraged to contribute to this. WCF will promote public consultation event such as this. More details when timetable is known.

In questions and answers, points included: – Must have a holistic approach – Cost benefit analysis will decide whether the preferred option or a tunnel is adopted – No point fighting Crossrail2, there is huge public benefit and opportunity – Everyone should respond to the consultation to let the design team know your issues and concerns – London can be seen as a single entity of which we are a part, the good of London and the region is a material planning consideration – Quality of what replaces it will depend on the individual landowners of the development sites. The planning system cannot promote good architecture, owners of sites can. – What is good design? Described in the NPPF 2012 National Planning Policy Framework.… – Sustainability including social sustainability is the ‘golden thread’ running through this. – Engage in the consultation, and learn to be a good, informed consultees – involving young people in the master plan is essential, given the long term nature. – Master Plan consultations will happen Spring 2016. WCF will post updates when known.

The meeting was attended by about 70 people. Questionnaire responses etc will be posted soon. [WEHRA]
Many thanks to Leigh Terrafranca and all others participating, to WEHRA and all involved in organising this collaborative meeting.

The next meeting on 7 December chaired by Stephen Hammond MP will focus on Cross Rail 2 the options and routes.

Notes of meeting on 3rd December above.

70 or so questionnaires already completed: – a much higher building standard is desired – the idea that Wimbledon were to become a national exemplar in Sustainability was seen as a reasonable ambition by 100% of the respondents.

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