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Our futureMerton Team has prepared a conservation area appraisal and management plan for the Mitcham Cricket Green conservation area in accordance with guidelines issued by English Heritage.
The designation of conservation areas is a legislative duty of local authorities. These areas comprise "areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance".
Local authorities also have a duty to review, from time to time, whether any further designations are needed. The Mitcham Cricket Green conservation area was originally designated by the council in consultation with the former Greater London Council in 1969 and it was extended by us in November 1990. This appraisal and management plan was approved by Cabinet on 1July 2013.
Character appraisals are useful tools that not only set out the specific characteristics for which an area has been designated as a conservation area, but also help us to assess the impact of development proposals on the character or appearance of a conservation area.
They also provide a useful framework within which property owners and developers can work when designing new development or planning alterations to buildings, within conservation areas, by setting out and describing the special context to which any new development will need to relate.
Management plans for conservation areas aim to ensure that future decision making within the area is coordinated, with the common purpose of enhancing the area’s special character.
The combined appraisal and management plan seeks to define the special characteristics of the Mitcham Cricket Green conservation area and through this analysis, looks to the future management of the area and identifies opportunities that will enhance it’s special character.
The document is divided into two parts, the appraisal and the management Plan. In the appraisal section, the document aims to identify the area’s special architectural and historic interest that justified it’s original designation in 1968 and to identify those elements of the conservation area that contribute towards it’s character as well as those elements which detract from it. The management plan deals with how the area should be looked after in the future by identifying opportunities for improvements as well as area wide management proposals which cover the key aspects of managing future change in the area.
The appraisal section assesses the conservation area in broad terms covering; its location and setting, historic development and archaeology and a spatial analysis. The conservation area is then broken down into six distinct character areas namely:
The appraisal then looks in more detail at each character area, making reference to the following aspects:
The Conservation Area Management Plan proposes specific environmental improvements and area wide management proposals and concludes with an action plan setting out how the proposals might be implemented.
The Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan is now available to download
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This page was last updated on Friday 1 July 2016