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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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 Kendor Gardens - June 2021. Photos by David Merriman 

Kendor Gardens in  Bloom

Thank you to the volunteers whose hard work has produced such a wonderful spring display in Kendor Gardens. 

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 Kendor Gardens at the Dorset Road End - June 2021.  Photo by Fred Rayner 

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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

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John Innes Park November 2020. Photo by Liz Brown

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