Call for Mayor to scrutinise football stadium plan
Published: Friday 18th December 15
Wandsworth Council’s planning chairman is calling on the Mayor to examine a controversial development scheme to replace the Wimbledon dog track with a 20,000 seat football stadium, supermarket and more than 600 homes.
Cllr Sarah McDermott is urging the Mayor to “call in” the application after it was approved by Merton Council’s planning committee earlier this week. The Mayor has the legal power to determine large applications - especially if they affect more than one borough.
Cllr McDermott said: “We have concerns about the impact of this largescale development on residents and businesses in our borough, especially in Earlsfield and Tooting, and so we urged planning councillors in Merton to seek answers to the questions we’d raised before deciding this scheme.
“Unfortunately they have not listened to that advice and we have now been placed in a situation where residents in our borough will almost certainly suffer disruption and inconvenience as a result.
“We believe this impact will be so adverse and so serious that the Mayor now needs to intervene and scrutinise this application much more comprehensively. In particular the Mayor needs to look at its impact on neighbouring communities in terms of transport infrastructure, parking and other local services.
”We are certainly not opposed to the site being developed, nor to it being used for a football ground and to provide new homes.
“But we are opposed to this specific application because in our view it simply does not properly address or offer any solutions to the problems it will create in the area.”
As well as concerns about parking and transport, there are fears that the residential accommodation on this scale will make it difficult for existing residents to access local GP and hospital services and also that including a large retail space on the site will have an adverse impact on nearby shops and businesses.