Why does Wimbledon need a Neighbourhood Plan?

Wimbledon is changing rapidly.

Wimbledon is facing a period of unprecedented change and development from new planning legislation, the climate emergency, and now the changes the pandemic has made across every aspect of our lives.

It has been identified as an opportunity area for development in the London Plan published by the Mayor of London.

The anticipated rate of change is reflected in the new Local Plan produced by the Borough of Merton.

The new power for communities to create neighbourhood plans gives us a chance to come together as a community in successfully shaping the Wimbledon we all want for the future. Such a plan, prepared by the people of Wimbledon through a democratic process, will give statutory weight to our vision of a sustainable neighbourhood.

The Localism Act 2011 ensures that our plan’s policies, if successfully approved at a referendum, will be applied as part of the legal framework used in deciding whether a planning application is approved, rejected or modified. Working together to prepare a neighbourhood plan for Wimbledon is an opportunity we can not afford to miss.