Boroughs | Merton




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. Morden Town Centre, SW4

Investment Opportunities

Morden Town Centre, SW4

Morden Town Centre, SW4

The regeneration will deliver 2,000 new homes in a mixed-use development including new retail and public realm spaces andimprovements to local transport connectivity. Both public bodies are committed to bringing significant improvements to Morden; workingwith local residents, businesses, community groups and those thatvisit Morden to help shape the future of the town centre.

This is a unique opportunity for a precedent setting development for many other outer-London town centres, which are served by Underground stations. Merton Council and Transport for London are seeking a high-quality scheme that delivers social, environmental, and economic benefits.

PROJECT STATUS: Pre-planning
CLIENTS: LB Merton (FutureMerton team), Transport for London

Merton is in the heart of south London, where urban London adjoins suburban Metroland. Best known for its green spaces and tennis, nowadays the borough is in transition, with an ever-younger population, and investment in business space, schools and transport.

Opportunities for growth and regeneration are concentrated along the Northern Line corridor (Colliers Wood, South Wimbledon and Morden) and to the north of the borough on the Tooting borders and north Mitcham. Merton’s largest and best-known town centre, Wimbledon, is a vibrant business location and is the only town centre in London accessible by train, tube, tram and bus. Tightly bound by attractive tree-lined streets and conservation areas; there is a strong desire to improve the streetscape, boost businesses and jobs and green the town centre through targeted investment via the Future Wimbledon Masterplan.


Population projections 2021 206,187

Population projections 2050 250,155


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 9,180

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) TBC

  • Merton has more than 100 parks and green spaces, including Wimbledon and Mitcham commons, with 99.6% of the borough within less than 400m distance from a publicly accessible open space. 18% of the borough is open space, compared to a London average of 10%.
  • Merton ranks as ‘very low’ in terms of overall social deprivation compared to other London boroughs and nationally in the UK. It is the sixth least deprived of the 33 London boroughs and ranks 114th out of 326 authorities (where 1 is the most deprived) in England.
  • Merton is home to the world-famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.

Paul McGarry, Head of future Merton

  • Developing a Merton Local app to connect people to local businesses and high street offers – including offers and discounts for shopping locally.
  • Investing in Mitcham Market, including the recruitment of a dedicated market manager and council investment.
  • Trialling ‘Health on the High Street’ – a pop-up health and wellbeing advice service on Mitcham High Street.
  • Introducing ‘The Wokery’ in Mitcham – a co working space for local start-ups, entrepreneurs and freelancers.
  • Delivering new ‘parklets’ outdoor seating and spaces for events on the high street to create a more bustling offer.