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Pollards Hill Housing Estate, including Donnelly Green and Pollards Hill Recreation Ground Merton

Summary

Pollards Hill Housing Estate was built in 1968-71, a high density scheme that included various areas of green space in the form of private gardens, partly enclosed squares and a public park, Donnelly Green, named after Mitcham's Head of Parks. The closes and roads within the estate are named after various counties of England and Wales. To the north of Recreation Way is Pollards Hill Recreation Ground, abutting school grounds. The path leading up Pollards Hill provides good views.

Basic Details

Site location:
Recreation Way/South Lodge Avenue, Mitcham

Postcode:
CR4 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping; Public Park

Date(s):
1968-71

Designer(s):
Merton Borough Architects Department

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Merton

Site ownership:
LB Merton

Site management:
Leisure and Culture Services (Donnelly Green/Pollards Hill Recreation Ground)

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Donnelly Green: play area, outdoor gym. Pollards Hill Recreation Ground: play area, outdoor gym, skate park

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Norbury. Bus: 152

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.merton.gov.uk/environment/openspaces/parks/parks_in_the_mitcham_area

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ301684 (Green) / TQ300687 (Recreation Ground)

Size in hectares:
1.93 Green/3.42 Rec Ground

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

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Public Open Space

Fuller information

Pollards Hill Housing Estate was designed by the Merton Borough Architects Department and provided high density housing in a landscaped setting. The 16.6-hectare estate consists of three-storey blocks of houses and flats 'in an ingenious rectilinear Greek-key meander' (Nikolaus Pevsner) with various areas of green space provided in the form of private gardens, partly enclosed squares and a public park at Donnelly Green, named after Mr Donnelly, Head of Parks for Mitcham.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999; Ian Yarham, Dave Dawson, Martin Boyle, Rebecca Holliday 'Nature Conservation in Merton, Ecology Handbook 29', London Ecology Unit, 1998.

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