Sadiq Khan issues last call for stadium development objections

Sadiq Khan issues last call for stadium development objections

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Greater London Authority (GLA) has announced it has opened a 14-day public consultation over the proposed AFC Wimbledon football stadium development.

The development at Plough Lane, which will also see the creation of 602 new apartments, received planning permission from Merton Borough Council in December last year.

The football club were then left stumped in March by Boris Johnson’s decision to call in a planning application, but later urged fans to get behind the development by encouraging them to ask the mayoral candidates for their plans for the new stadium.

AFC Wimbledon now understands that this consultation from Mr Khan will give those against the development 14 days to provide any additional information to challenge the decision made by Merton Council.

If no new substantial evidence is received within the 14-day timeframe, then the application will revert to Merton Council who already voted unanimously in favour of the development.

“We are delighted that the mayor of London has announced the next steps in the process,” stated Erik Samuelson, chief executive of AFC Wimbledon.

“The planning application we submitted to Merton Council was subject to two public consultations and a very thorough review by the council’s planning committee, along with planning officers at Wandsworth Council, and the GLA. 

“All of those representatives supported the approval of the planning application.” 

Previous concerns which have been raised over the development have come from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, which is against the loss of greyhound racing at the venue when it is redeveloped. 

Sarah McDermott, Chair of Wandsworth Council Planning Committee, also had concerns from its residents over the impact of the development on the borough mainly concerning traffic and flood risks.

However, Erik is confident that this further consultation will result in the planning application being returned to Merton Council.

“Once we have had a chance to fully assess the GLA’s statement, we will offer guidance to supporters about how they can help. 

“Until this guidance is published, we ask fans to be patient in our quest to return the club to its spiritual home.”

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