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1971-2021 - Celebrating 50 Years of

The John Innes Society

A charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Merton Park's Area of Benefit.  

As one of first garden suburbs we exist to encourage high standards of appropriate

building design, and to foster environmental, social and community values as

envisioned by founder John Innes.

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Friends of Wimbledon Town Centre

Important Message

About Planning White Paper

Major changes to the planning system

The Government is consulting on major changes to the planning system in England.

In its White Paper Planning for the future, the Government describes what it sees as the flaws of the current planning system and sets out radical proposals for reform.

At this stage, the ideas in the White Paper are merely proposals. But if introduced by subsequent legislation, these changes would have a major impact on planning, land use and development in Wimbledon.

In our view, the overall effect of the changes would be to diminish the role of local residents and their elected representatives in planning matters.

For example, developers would no longer require planning permission for specific developments, provided their plans conformed to previously agreed broad principles.

We have shared our concerns about these proposals with Stephen Hammond MP, who will be raising them with relevant Ministers.

The attached briefing note gives you more detail on the main points in the White Paper and our reaction.

Please respond directly to the consultation via the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government website:

or by email to:

Please also copy us in on your comments at:

Kind regards,
Friends of Wimbledon Town Centre

The John Innes Society Autumn Plant and Produce Sale is in Melrose Road on Saturday 9 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm.


We shall sell bulbs, autumn/winter bedding plants, donated plants and shrubs, garden produce, jams and chutneys and home-made cakes.


Organic composted peat free stable manure (80L bags at 3 bags for £12 or £4.50 per bag) must be pre-ordered by 1 October and collected from the Coach House (please email to place your order). The venues are:


  • The Coach House - donated plants & shrubs & pre-ordered stable manure  

  • 6 Melrose Road - autumn/winter bedding plants  

  • 22 Melrose Road - bulbs

  • 21 Melrose Road - jams, chutneys & produce

  • 8 Melrose Road - cakes & bakes


We appreciate contributions, so please think of the sale when you are dividing plants and picking your fruit and vegetables or making jams and chutneys. Clearly labelled donations can be left at 21 Poplar Road in the week before the sale or taken to The Coach House on Friday 8 October between 2.00 - 3.0pm. 


If you can donate plants/produce or cakes for the cake stall or if you can help on the day, please contact Ann Redfearn (

We look forward to seeing you. 

John Innes Park November 2020. Photo by Liz Brown

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