Merton Council unanimously approves AFC Wimbledon application to build new stadium

Merton Council’s cross-party planning committee tonight unanimously approved AFC Wimbledon’s application to build a new 20,000-seater football stadium in the borough.

The planning application committee heard opinions for and against the development of the current greyhound track in Plough Lane.

As well as a 20,000-seater football stadium, there will be 602 new, much-needed homes, retail space, a squash and fitness club, car and cycle parking.

Now the council has given the green light to the redevelopment of Plough Lane, the plans will be sent to the Mayor of London.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “This is an important proposal which our very experienced planning officers have been looking into in detail over a number of months.  We have always said this site should be for sporting intensification. Our independent planning committee has taken into account all the planning issues that are relevant. It is now for the Mayor of London to make his decision.”

The planning application and associated documents can be found on the council’s website.


Note to editors

  1. The Mayor of London will review the plans and either approve, refuse or ask for more information before making a decision. The Mayor may also defer a final decision to the Secretary of State.
  2. The planning application was a joint submission by AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes.