It is all systems go for a new AFC Wimbledon stadium as Merton Council and AFC Wimbledon can now progress, without delay, their plans for Plough Lane.
Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, and Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon, Erik Samuelson, both received a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government today confirming that Secretary of State Sajid Javid will not intervene in the council’s decision to give the go-ahead to the new stadium and homes.
The development planned for Plough Lane will include a brand new 20,000-seater stadium, retail space, a squash and fitness club, car and cycle parking as well as over 600 new homes.
Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “This is fantastic news for the club and for Merton. We have always supported the return of AFC Wimbledon to home turf and now they and their legions of dedicated fans can look forward to the reality. We will also benefit from new homes and business opportunities for the area which is very exciting too. ”
Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said: “We would like to thank the very many people who have supported us in this and previous campaigns, in particular by writing to the relevant authorities to urge approval of the application. Such support is a sign of the continued determination to return to Wimbledon that has sustained us over the time since we re-formed.
“And now, at long last, we can start planning with confidence to give AFC Wimbledon a secure future at the heart of the community the club represents, as well as building many much-needed homes and providing a major boost to the economy of the area. “After so many years in exile, the Dons are coming home!”
Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis is available for interview. Please contact 020 8545 3483/3752.