AFC Wimbledon's Stadium Dream Moves Another Step Closer

Merton Council planners back their original decision

AFC Wimbledon's dream to return their spiritual home of Plough Lane took another step closer after Merton Council's planning committee ratified its original decision.

Last month Mayor of London Sadiq Khan handed the planning decision for 20,000-seater football stadium back to Merton Council.

Former Mayor Boris Johnson had previously decided that the Greater London Authority, and not the borough council, would make the decision on plans for development of the greyhound track site in Plough Lane.

The site will also include 602 new homes, retail space, a squash and fitness club, car and cycle parking. The ground's initial capacity will be 11,000.

Now a cross-party planning committee, which took place on Thursday (September 15) noted the Mayor’s decision and the unanimous decision it made in December 2015 to give the go-ahead to AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes.

Officers will now finalise the planning process of completing legal agreements and look forward to progressing delivery on site. The council has always been adamant that the Plough Lane site should be for sporting intensification. The new development will eventually comprise over 600 much-needed new homes, a 20,000 seater stadium, retail space, a squash and fitness club, car and cycle parking.

Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “We continue to support the return of AFC Wimbledon to home turf. This is the only planning application we have received for the Plough Lane site and it will be great to see this part of the borough rejuvenated and benefiting from the proposed development including new homes as well as business opportunities. We are continuing to progress work on the plans to ensure this project is a London success story that provides jobs, homes and entertainment to benefit thousands of people every year.”

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September 15, 2016