Councillor blows whistle on football stadium plan

Published: 29 September 2015

Residents who live near Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium are being reminded that they have just over a week left to comment on revised development plans that could see it transformed into a 20,000 seat football stadium built alongside more than 600 new homes.

The greyhound stadium is located just over the borough boundary and any large scale redevelopment could have a big impact on people living in Tooting and Earlsfield.

Concerns have already been raised that the proposed new stadium and 602 flats could create significant extra pressure on the local transport network, with increased traffic congestion and more passengers accessing local rail services, especially at the already busy and crowded Earlsfield Station.
There are fears too that new residential accommodation on this scale could make it much more difficult for existing residents to access local GP and hospital services, while some critics say the proposals do not provide enough parking spaces for such a large scale development.

And there are concerns that the plans to also include a large retail space on the site could have an adverse impact on nearby shops and businesses.

Councillors in neighbouring Merton will soon determine the planning application and in the run up to that decision residents on both sides of the borough boundary are being invited to have their say.

Wandsworth’s community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Building a large football stadium and many hundreds of new homes here would certainly have an impact on the area and would inevitably lead to increased pressure on local transport infrastructure and other public services.

“Although these are revised and updated proposals for this site, many local people will still feel that the shortcomings that were evident in the previous set of plans have not been sufficiently addressed."

Members of the public wishing to comment on the application can write to Merton town hall or email  by Thursday, October 8. Emails and letters should include the reference number 14/P4361.