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Glebe Court Estate Merton
Summary: Glebe Court Estate was a post-war development by Mitcham Borough Council providing high quality social housing. It has been praised for its good landscaping, with green space on the road frontage as a butter to the main road, and landscaped areas between and behind the buildings. The estate has long had an active Residents' Association, which in 1998 set up Glebe Court Management Organisation, which continues to manage the estate, including gardening and caretaking. It has also been active in a campaign against loss of trees on the estate.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: off London Road, Mitcham
Postcode: CR4 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1950s
Listed structures:
Borough: Merton
Site ownership: LB Merton
Site management: Glebe Court Management Organisation, contractor: Sutton Landscaping
Open to public? Partially
Opening times: public roads are accessible, play area for children on the estate
Special conditions:
Facilities: Play area for residents' children
Public transport: Rail: Mitcham Junction.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The Glebe Court Estate was designed to provide 264 dwellings. The first part of the estate, Nos. 1-102, was built in 1950, when the first residents moved in, and due to the high specifications of the accommodation, which included wooden floors, quarry tiling, hatches between lounge and kitchen and fitted wardrobes, was, in that time of austerity, nicknamed 'Dick Gifford's Folly' after the local councillor involved. Nos. 103-106 were built as bungalows for the elderly. The second part of the estate, Nos. 107-264, was built between 1951 and 1953, the properties now lacking the earlier 'luxurious' features. In 1998 the management of the estate was taken over from Merton Council by Glebe Court Management Organisation, a Tenant Management Organisation set up under the Housing (Right to Manage) Regulations 1994, which allows residents to collectively take on the running of their properties subject to training.

Sources consulted:

History on Glebe Court Management Organisation website
Grid ref: TQ275688
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name: (proposed for inclusion in Mitcham Cricket Green CA)
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:

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