The Burn Bullock is a grade II listed building sited prominently on the western corner of Mitcham Cricket Green. The building incorporates fine timber framed structures from about 1580, attached to a grand 18th century Inn with some early 20th century alterations. The Burn Bullock is a prominent and important site within Mitcham and has the potential to act as a positive force for regenerating the wider area.
In August 2016 MBA appraised the site and its setting and prepared concept plans for development which were consulted with the local community and planning authority. MBA have now prepared revised designs for the site which are being consulted with the local authority and local community during 2018.
The proposals are for a comprehensive development for the whole site including the Burn Bullock and the Mitcham Cricket pavilion.
- Retains and extends the cricket pavilion to give the club improved facilities.
- Provides a new 70 bed hotel in the car park at the rear of the site.
- Repairs and retains the Burn Bullock as a pub/restaurant, using its upper floors to conference rooms and offices for the hotel.
- Provides a new landscaped yard at the west of the site overlooking the Cricket Green as part of a comprehensive landscape plan for the site as a whole.
A public exhibition and consultation was held at the Vestry Hall, Mitcham on 25 June 2018. The purpose of the exhibition was to inform, consult and gain feedback from the local community on the proposed development. About 100 people attended. At the meeting it was agreed that:
- The developers will negotiate a lease or freehold with the cricket club.
- The lease will take effect once planning permission has been achieved for the whole site.
The reason for the lease coming into effect only when planning permission has been achieved is that all three parts of the development: club, pub and hotel rely on each other. If the cricket club were to put a fence around its land this would prevent the larger development.
Meetings were held with the Cricket Club on 28 June 2018 and 25 July 2018, and there will be further regular meetings as the scheme develops. The proposals for the cricket pavilion are currently being costed.