Public meeting for Wimbledon Football Stadium plan

Published: Monday 26th January 15

Wandsworth Council has arranged a public meeting on Monday 2 February focussing on plans for a new 20,000 seater football stadium and residential development on Plough Lane.

The scheme would be built on the Wimbledon dog track site which is located just over the borough boundary in Merton.  

The session will give Wandsworth residents an opportunity to ask questions and have their say.

When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Monday 2 February

Where:  Drama Hall, Burntwood School, Burntwood Lane, SW17 0AQ.

Representatives from the development company behind the scheme will attend the meeting to explain the proposal and how it will affect local people.

The event will be chaired by Wandsworth Council’s deputy leader Cllr Jonathan Cook. He said:

“A stadium and residential development of this scale will have significant impacts on surrounding communities and place major demands on the transport network, schools and other services. The site is just over the borough boundary and this is a valuable opportunity for our residents to scrutinise the proposals and raise concerns.”

A formal planning application has been submitted to Merton Council and the documents are now available on Merton’s website. Local people can submit their views online now or after the meeting.

Wandsworth Council will submit its views on the scheme following the next planning applications committee on February 18.


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Whatever your concerns about parking or crowds on match days I urge you to 1. Find out some facts about AFC Wimbledon - both their community initiatives and fan behaviour 2. Remember dogs have been exploited & killed at the dog track since 1928. This declining industry (attendance, number of trainers) is not a good economic or welfare choice for a development expected to be sustainable for decades. I live near the current AFCW grounds & I have never seen or heard of any trouble. This ground is not as well served by transport hubs as Plough Lane. Would residents rather have a dilapidated stadium where dogs are doped, races are fixed & has freezer in which to store dead dogs than a community football team and some affordable housing?
Laura Slade

2 February 2015

Finally, footballs coming home! Wimbledon will finally return! Needless to say, all for it and can't wait! I can understand local residents disapproval however, but if you're honest with yourself, this meeting will not have any baring on the outcome. All it's serving to provide is a false sense of being 'heard'. The most important aspect here is money, and if the 'right' people stand to make money out of this development, that's all that will count.

30 January 2015

Totally against this development. The cost of policing football crowds, impact on transport and local parking on match days would add to an already strained system. This is the last thing needed in Earlsfield / Wandsworth / Merton area.
julian newhill

30 January 2015

Really looking forward to Earlsfield residents totally embracing these plans despite most of them being Rugby fans.
Lawrie Sanchez

27 January 2015