Victoria House… that ugly concrete monstrosity built back when architects believed huge concrete blocks were the future and anything pleasing to the eye was an affront to all things good and proper; the embarrassment at the top end of Cheam Common Road. Readers will no doubt be pleased to hear that plans have finally been submitted to Sutton’s planning department for a building set to replace the North Cheam eyesore.
|Used car lot in the car park|
|Rubbish dump at the back|
|Victoria House - in its current state|
|Proposed view from Cheam Common Road|
|Proposed view from Churchill Road|
There is to be underground parking for all the residents and increased parking at street level for local shoppers (restricted to one or two hours during the day to ensure it is left for shoppers.)
The North Cheam Traders Association supports the proposal saying it will bring increased footfall to the local shops, vastly improve the look of the area, create local employment and provide many new homes for families in North Cheam.
I should mention that some people have expressed concern about the size of the planned building (it is apparently now smaller than the one pictured here) and the number of additional people living in the area, particularly with regard to traffic. My own view is that with anything like this there will always be competing objectives and some compromise is always going to be necessary. At the end of the day if the developers can’t make a profit they won’t do the work and we will be left with the same eyesore for many more years. So they need to be allowed to sell units and retails space. And in return we get more car parking and a much nicer landmark and more local employment, without any of our council tax paying for it.