Plans submitted to deliver new homes at former Tooting Police Station
An application to breathe life back into the vacant former Tooting Police Station has been submitted to Merton Council. Building owner TT Group has put forward plans to bring the Grade II Listed building back into use, creating 62 new 1,2 and 3-bedroom homes on Mitcham Road.
Following extensive consultation with Merton Council and the local community, proposals for a ‘heritage-led redevelopment’ will protect and enhance the building's historic features.
After extensive investigations into the unique architecture and past of the property, TT Group has committed to retaining key characteristics including, but not exclusively, repairs to the most significant original materials and features. These include the refurbishment of the dome room and the refurbishment and retention of the historic internal staircases. Modern wall partitions and suspended ceilings will be removed to help return the building to its former glory.
Plans for the site, vacated by the Metropolitan Police in November 2020 and given protected listed status by Historic England in May 2021, include landscaping improvements at the front of the building, as well as new non-residential spaces and enhanced accessibility.
James Bradbury a Senior Development Manager at TT Group, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to bring an iconic local building back into use and deliver much-needed new homes in Tooting. Our proposals will breathe new life into a currently vacant property while protecting and enhancing many of the features that make the former Tooting Police Station so unique.”
Alex Christopher, Head of Planning London at Turley, commented: “We thoroughly enjoyed providing town planning and heritage advice to TT Group in order to bring forward development proposals which not only seek to ensure the long-term future of this landmark building but also provide a range of new homes in a highly sustainable location. Following an extensive pre-application process, we are now looking forward to working with the Local Authority towards achieving a positive resolution in due course.”
Turley provided expert town planning and heritage services to TT Group. The architectural proposals have been led by Collado Collins.