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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.

Basic Details

Site location:
off London Road, Mitcham

Postcode:
CR4 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping

Date(s):
1950s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

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

Events:

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. www.glebecourt.org.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ275688

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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:
No

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:
None

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

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