AFC Wimbledon Amends Its Stadium Plans

Longer wait for decision on controversial scheme

AFC Wimbledon has amended its plan to build a new football stadium in Plough Lane to improve pedestrian and cycle access as well as make design changes to one of the stands.

The club wants to build a 20,000 capacity stadium, with an initial 11,000 seats, on the site of the current Wimbledon Stadium.

Along with partner Galliard Homes, it also plans shops, a squash and fitness club, 602 homes with basement parking, 297 car parking spaces and cycle parking.

A rival plan for the site involves expanding the greyhound stadium to a 4,500 seat arena as well as building 550 new homes.

Some of the comments made about the scheme relate to concerns over transport and parking issues, as well as the flooding risk on the site.

The club said in a statement that it made changes to its plans following detailed discussions with the Environment Agency, the Merton Flood Team, TfL and Merton and Wandsworth Councils.

It said the changes that have been made to the scheme itself primarily relate to the basement, ground and podium level of the residential blocks, the North/South street and the East Stand elevation of the stadium.

It has also provided extra cycle storage, separate car parking for the proposed squash club and more pedestrian access for match days.

The statement added: "Following the submission of these changes, we understand that the London Borough of Merton will shortly be conducting a further consultation and loading this additional documentation onto their web site.  The norm for such consultations is 21 days.  Following that, we expect that Merton will set a date for a Planning Applications Committee meeting later this year."

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July 9, 2015