Diary of a Sutton Councillor

New development plans for Wallington Square submitted

wallington square

Exciting new plans to redevelop Wallington Square in Wallington high street have been submitted and are out for consultation.

The square has been looking very tired for years with a number of empty units and needs redeveloping to be able to attract new businesses. Work was done recently to turn the derelict offices facing onto the high street into affordable residential flats and this has been a vast improvement to the main entrance to the square, so we are pleased that the owners are now looking to address the rest of the square.

Cllr Hall and I met with the architect to learn about their plans. We understood that in order to make the redevelopment financially feasible it needed to incorporate additional housing units. Previous proposals had looked at building a tower block to rival Rosemount Tower, but this was rejected after strong objections from local residents, and from your ward councillors, as we felt it would be too overbearing on neighbouring properties and did not provide sufficient parking space. The new proposal has tried to be much more sympathetic to the neighbouring properties by incorporating two blocks of three story flats on top of the retail units – effectively making them four storeys high, with green amenity space and parking facilities. We talked with the architect about the importance of minimising overlooking of properties in Rosswood Gardens – the nearest residential street that would be impacted.

As well as improving the retail units there is a proposal to cover the square with a transparent canopy.

The full plans can be viewed on the Planning section of the council website and are listed under reference D2013/67339. Your comments can be submitted online through the council’s Online Planning Register, emailed to developmentcontrol@sutton.gov.uk, or posted to Development Services, Environment & Leisure, 24 Denmark Road Carshalton SM5 2JG. Do be sure to include the reference.

The developers also have a dedicated website which gives artist’s impressions of the plans and more background to the proposals which were used for the public consultation prior to submitting the planning application.

The Square as it looks now

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May 6, 2013 - Posted by | Information | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I hope this new plan for Wallington Square gets approval by Sutton Council. And congratulations to the new Cox Pippin Cafe – it’s really nice place to have a coffee – lets hope this is the start of great improvements to Wallington Square, it is about time we have something decent.

    Comment by Kevin | June 17, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hear hear Kevin

    Comment by Alan Fitter | June 18, 2013 | Reply

  3. I had a ‘Focus’ leaflet through the door back in May stating that work on the next stage of Wallington Square would start in June, It is now the end of August. What is the delay?

    Comment by Kevin | August 21, 2014 | Reply

    • I spoke with the owners of the Square a couple of weeks ago and they have had a delay with some of their construction materials I understand, however work is due to start shortly.

      Comment by jaynemccoy | August 24, 2014 | Reply


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