by Dundonald Lib Dems on 21 March, 2019
The planning application for the proposed 177 bedroom hotel development at 27-39 Hartfield Road has been approved.
Merton’s Planning Applications Committee (a group of 10 councillors) met on Thursday 21 March and ultimately voted to approve the application.
Cllr Anthony Fairclough attended the meeting as one of your ward councillors and spoke about the concerns raised with him by residents and businesses – particularly to help amplify the comments about road safety and the increased traffic.
Local residents also spoke against the proposal, and Cllr Fairclough’s suggestion was that if, despite those arguments, the Committee was still minded to approve it, at the very least they should restrict the window of time that deliveries and service vehicles could use and exit the site from Graham Road – to later in the morning and earlier at night – and do more to block vehicles turning right onto Graham Road when pulling out from the site.
During the debate on the application, Cllr Simon McGrath who is a member of the Planning Applications Committee, spoke about those concerns, as well as the height and design of the building (the ‘canyoning effect’ on Hartfield Road) and whether a number of issues that had been raised by the police have been adequately dealt with.
Unfortunately the Planning Applications Committee decided to overrule these concerns and voted by 5 votes to 3 (with 2 not voting) to approve the plans. Cllr McGrath voted against the development.
Cllr McGrath’s proposal to restrict the servicing and delivery hours to between 10.00-22.30 was also rejected (council planning officers are proposing a window of 07.00-23.00). However, in response to the concerns raised, the developer did agree to street furniture that would stop a right-hand turn into Graham Road, and we will follow up on this.
We feel this is a disappointing outcome, but wanted to let you know as soon as possible.