NWWRA represents members’ interests by commenting on local planning applications for both major developments and smaller developments where it considers there are particular concerns or issues.

We do this by checking the Weekly List of Planning, Licensing and Tree Applications Register and identifying issues of concern.

In gauging our response we refer to the relevant national and local planning guidance.


The key guidance for development in Merton is the Borough’s own development plan:

The following documents provide the planning guidance which NWWRA follow:

Larger Home Extensions:  Neighbour Consultation Scheme

On 9 May 2013 legislation was laid before Parliament which increased the size of single-story rear extensions which can be built under “permitted development.”  Details of the scheme can be found here.

Permission from such development still requires council approval and neighbourhood consultation as well as building control drawings and permits.

Such extensions within a conservation area may still require full planning consent.

General Planning Support

Any development within the area which affects residents can be distressing and objections can be based on emotional reactions.

It is more effective to make objections on technical grounds. The committee is available to assist residents in making successful planning applications or opposing unlawful applications within the current guidelines and regulations.

Conservation Areas

There are four conservation area within the boundaries of the NWWRA. These are designated by the Council as areas of special architectural or historic interest. The character or appearance of these areas should be preserved or enhanced. The four are

  • Copse Hill (between Christ Church and Russell House)
  • Drax Avenue
  • Wimbledon West
  • Wool Road

The extent of the conservation areas and rules governing development within them can be found on the Council website here.