Residents rally against proposed 24-storey YMCA 'tower' in Wimbledon
Residents have rallied against plans for a 24-storey building in Wimbledon which they claim would set an "unacceptable precedent".
The YMCA have confirmed plans, exclusively revealed to you by The Wimbledon Guardian in September, to redevelop their site at the Broadway into a split development featuring 140 residential flats and 100 hostel units across a collection of eight high rise buildings.
The the tallest would be 24-storeys.
The £15m development, part funded by the sale of the flats, would feature an open public plaza at its centre with green space, restaurants and cafes and a 'village hall' for exhibitions, leisure activities and concerts.
Residents have come out against the plans promising to campaign against the development which they say is "completely unnecessary and incongruous with the local area".
Chris Schofield, of South Park Road, said: "It provides no social benefit which would mitigate the detrimental effects of its construction.
"A development of this magnitude on the Broadway is completely inappropriate, and this is true regardless of the height of the towers.
"We would urge the YMCA to reconsider seriously its future on the Broadway if this is the only way it can be achieved.
"We would urge all councillors to resist such a development in the heart of Wimbledon, which will set a dangerous precedent, alter the face of the Broadway and have a huge negative impact on council services and residents."
Kim Dawes, another resident of South Park Road, said: "I would welcome plans to sympathetically redevelop the site but it needs to be in line with the local street scene and taking into account that it’s a very residential area.
She added: "Their lowest proposal was 11 storeys which I still feel is far too high and that particular design was completely lacking in any architectural merit.
"It’s not in keeping with the landscape of Wimbledon."
A spokesperson for the YMCA said: "Our public exhibition was the first stage in the on-going consultation process and an opportunity for us to present our initial proposals.
"No final decisions have been taken and we will look to incorporate feedback from residents into the design process.
"Local people can still view our current plans in full and are encouraged to submit comments via our website at www.ymca-hereforgood.co.uk "
The building is being designed by renowned architect Lord Richard Roger’s architecture firm, Rogers, Stirk Harbour and Partners.
Lord Roger’s previous buildings include Heathrow’s terminal five, the Pompidou centre in Paris and the Millennium Dome.
Following the public consultation it is expected a formal planning application will be submitted to Merton Council.
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