Characteristic roof finial on 1890s Haydon Park Estate

Our neighbourhood is still rich in original features, writes a Haydon Park resident (who is also an architect). For example, next time you’re out and about, look out for roof features such as this original roof finial.

Merton Council is supposed to be producing a Borough Character Study to support high quality environmental design. The Council considers that:

‘Merton’s local distinctiveness is a valuable asset. In order to deliver quality change through the development process that safeguards the best of the borough’s character and secures positive improvements elsewhere, we need an initial clear understanding of the borough’s existing character.

‘The Borough Character Study highlights Merton’s specific characteristics and local issues that may be addressed through the development process and environmental improvements. Local guidance is included within the study which will help to preserve existing character where appropriate, enhance existing character where it has deteriorated and establish a new identity in areas where the sense of place has broken down. 

The study breaks the borough down into 36 Neighbourhoods, across the borough.’

They include Haydons Road, but unfortunately the Borough Character Plan appears to be incomplete. So why has it  stopped short of pre-consultation drafts for :

  1. Wimbledon Park
  2. Leopold Road
  3. Durnsford Road
  4. Plough Lane ?


If you would like more information on the Borough Character Study, please don’t hesitate to contact the details below.

Future Merton
London Borough of Merton
12th floor Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837/4141
Fax: 020 8545 3326

Let us know if you find out anything of interest to the Haydons Road North Community: we’d love to share!