Despite planners initially recommending summary approval of Cappagh’s proposals to site a concrete batching plant in Waterside Way, the scheme is again not scheduled for a decision at this week’s planning applications committee (PAC).

Objections to the scheme have been pouring in to the Merton planning department, despite the failure of officers to alert local residents, nearby Garfield School, the Wandle Valley Regional Trust, ward councillors or the local MP to the plans.

The planning application was originally listed for ‘approval’ at April’s PAC, then withdrawn.

According to the Wimbledon Guardian, the plans are currently undergoing “a full assessment by senior officers”. Perhaps they have cottoned on to the fact that potential air and noise pollution by both the concrete batching plant and the traffic movements it will engender warrant more than a cursory stamp of approval by planners.

We also understand that the Mayor of London and former MP for Tooting Sadiq Khan has shown an interest in the plans which would potentially blight his former constituency (and do nothing to improve air quality – a current hot topic in the capital). He is said to be “reviewing the plans with Merton Council”.

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