Decision Looms on Wimbledon Tennis Proposal

Mayor set to announce his team's evaluation of controversial application

Huge Set Back for AELTC's Wimbledon Park Scheme
A visualisation of the show court planned as part of the scheme. Picture: AELTC

January 19, 2024

The next key decision relating to the All-England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) controversial application is set to be announced later this month.

A report has been prepared by Deputy Mayor Jules Pipe on the bid to build new tennis courts and a stadium on Wimbledon Park. The Mayor has recused himself from the final decision having previously spoken publicly of his support for the application.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has now confirmed that the outcome of the review will be announced on 29 January. It is involved in the planning process for this application because of the size of the scheme and because it is on Metropolitan Open Land.

As befitting for the nature of the application, the review is a tie-break as the development site crosses borough boundaries with Wandsworth’s planning committee having unanimously rejected the proposal and Merton’s equivalent body supporting it. Submissions have been made by both councils to the GLA for review in what is called a Stage 2 referral. Additional comments were provided to the GLA about the proposals although any made at the time of the original consultations held by the council’s will be considered.

The options open to the GLA are to direct refusal or approval, ‘call-in’ the application making the GLA the planning authority for the proposal or to refer it up to the Secretary of State who in this case would be Michael Gove.

Local London Assembly member Leonie Cooper has opposed the plan saying, “I think it will be detrimental for Wimbledon Park and for local people in terms of its impact on nature and the facilities that are available locally, that give people health and wellbeing opportunities.”

The £200million plan, described by AELTC as one of the greatest sporting transformations for London since 2012, would see 39 new courts built as well as a 8,000 seat stadium but has attracted significant opposition from local residents.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.