7 April 2017: 5:38 pm
Homes for Colliers Wood
Colliers Wood is to see 74 homes built after planning approval was given for a scheme on Fortescue Road.
Merton Council gave the green light to an application lodged by Goldcrest Land.
The plan includes five studios, 18 one-bed, 34 two-bed and 17 three-bed units. Also on site will be 29 parking spaces and 129 bike storage spaces.
Of the properties, 15% will be allocated as affordable and 6% will be available through Starter Homes, the government’s scheme supporting first-time buyers.
A spokesperson for the developer said the scheme will be “pedestrian focused”, with new public footpaths and cycle access points to improve safety.
A variety of communal amenities are planned, including a “productive garden” to provide future residents with community space and the opportunity to ‘grow their own’.
To enhance biodiversity, an ecological garden will also be provided including a wildlife pond, beehives and bird and bat boxes.
Jacqui Macqueen, design director at Goldcrest Land, told Future Merton that the site, formerly a Thames Water Depot, was “technically very complex”.
She added: “From the outset we chose to treat the many challenges we faced as opportunities, not obstacles, and I feel this positive approach is reflected in the final design.”