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Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium

This page brings together the information received by Merton Council on Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. There is considerable public interest in the site and we will update this web page regularly to keep everyone informed.

Latest news

27 September 2016: Secretary of State allows council to decide on AFC Wimbledon planning application

27 July 2016: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan considers handing AFC Wimbledon stadium plans back to Merton Council

On 27 July 2016 the Mayor of London indicated his preference to hand back the decision on AFC Wimbledon's planning application to Merton Council and announced a GLA public consultation into how best to progress AFC Wimbledon's planning application to build a football stadium and flats in Plough Lane, Merton, prior to making a final decision.

22 March 2016: Mayor of London calls in stadium planning application

On 22 March 2016 the Mayor of London considered a report by GLA (Greater London Authority) officers on the Wimbledon Stadium planning application.

The Mayor decided to call in the application. A final decision from the Mayor is likely to take place after the Mayoral Election on 5 May 2016.

10 December 2015: Merton Council unanimously approves stadium planning application

On 10 December 2015 Merton Council’s cross-party planning committee unanimously approved the planning application from AFC Wimbledon, Galliard Homes and GRA Ltd to build a new 20,000-seater football stadium in the borough.

The plans were then sent to the Mayor of London for his consideration.

View press release

View the Planning Applications Committee agenda and Committee Reports

View the webcasting for Merton's Committees

11 September until 8 October 2015: public consultation

In response to issues raised at public consultation in January-February 2015, further information was received on this planning application and Environmental Statement.

The new information, and all of the representations received on it, are available to view on Merton's Planning Explorer and can be viewed by searching for the application number 14/P4361, then using the "view related documents" link at the bottom of the 14/P4361 page.

Documents prefixed with "14/P4361_September 2015" are the new documents

This supplementary information covers the following areas:

  • Design
  • Flood risk
  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Retail
  • Health Impact
  • Statement of Community Involvement
  • Access and Inclusion

Public meetings - February 2015

Merton Council organised a public meeting on 11 February 2015 in Ricards Lodge School main hall. Merton residents had the opportunity to hear directly from applicants, AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes, about their proposals for a new 11,000-20,000-seat football stadium, retail and residential development. Residents will also be able to ask the applicants questions they may have about the proposed development of the Plough Lane site.

Wandsworth Council held a similar meeting for residents of Wandsworth on the evening of Monday 2 February 2015 at the Drama Hall, Burntwood School, Burntwood Lane, SW17 0AQ.

Public meeting presentation by applicants.

Planning application details

11 December 2014: a planning application for the redevelopment of the majority of the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium site has been submitted by AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes and is open for comments.

The reference number for this application is 14/P4361 and the planning application documents are available to view online.

View the planning application

If you would like to comment on this planning application, please send any comments you may have to planning.representations@merton.gov.uk by 18 February 2015. You should include the following details:

  1. Application reference number:14/P4361
  2. Your name
  3. Your address
  4. Planning application description
  5. Your comments

Please note that comments submitted to the council cannot be treated as confidential and will be made available for public inspection without exception. This includes your email address if you send an email.

Comment on a planning application

What has happened so far?

Between 2012 and 2013, Merton's Sites and Policies Plan was published for a total of more than nine months to encourage people and organisations to have their say on what long-term development could look like, what various sites  could be used for and where development could take place in Merton.

At each of Merton's Sites and Policies Plan consultation stages the council received responses on Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium (known as Site 37), which is one of about 40 different sites in the Plan.

All of the responses we received are available by following the links below and we have indicated those that referred to the Stadium.

The two most detailed schemes were submitted by:

  • GRA Ltd: proposing a football stadium, working with AFC Wimbledon since 2013
  • Hume Consulting Ltd: proposing a new Greyhound Stadium

Both of these initial schemes propose additional development to support their stadium, including residential, retail and a health and fitness club. Hume Consulting Ltd's scheme also proposed a car park for staff at St George's Hospital.

Other people and organisations, including Wimbledon Park Residents’ Association, the Mayor of London, the Environment Agency, National Grid and local residents, have also made important comments on Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.

The council is aware of several consultation events that different organisations held in Merton and Wandsworth towards the end of June 2014, to help inform local residents, businesses and others of potential planning applications for the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium site

Merton's Sites and Policies Plan was adopted at full council on 09 July 2014. The council will use Merton's Sites and Policies Plan, along with the Mayor's London Plan and national planning policy, to guide its decision on any planning applications for the site

Sites and Policies Plan

Developments of this size cannot be built without being granted planning permission. As of 11 December 2014, only GRA Ltd - AFC Wimbledon have submitted a planning application for this site.

Planning research including the 1996 Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium study

The council undertakes research into design, development viability, flood risk, transport and other planning aspects to inform planning policies and to help determine the most suitable use for a site. The borough-wide research is available via the link to planning research

In 1996 Merton Council and the then landowners, GRA Ltd, commissioned a feasibility study into the redevelopment of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. This study has not been used to inform the Wimbledon Greyhound Site proposed allocation in Merton's Sites and Policies Plan.

1996 research - Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium

What is the council's role?

Merton Council is the local planning and licensing authority: it guides development in the borough via the Local Plan and makes decisions on planning and licensing applications it receives.

0n 10 July 2013, Merton Council resolved to submit the final Merton's Sites and Policies Plan to the Secretary of State. The council proposed that the site should be used to support any sporting use. Below is an extract of Site 37 Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, as at July 2013

Extract from Merton's Sites and Policies Plan submission (July 2013) - Site 37 Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium

In October 2013, the Secretary of State appointed an independent planning inspector to examine the Plan. The inspector chaired a four-day public hearing in January 2014.

Examination of Merton's Sites and Policies Plan (January 2014)

Following the hearing, the inspector proposed one change  to Merton’s Sites and Policies Plan relating  to Site 37 Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. The proposed change is to remove reference to preparing additional planning guidance for the site and to insert reference to applicants consulting local communities and others before they submit a planning application.. Consultation on this and other amendments took place until 08 April 2014.

Planning inspector's final report - Friday 6 June 2014

The council has received the final report from the independent planning inspector.

Merton Sites and Policies Plan - planning inspector's final report

Merton's Sites and Policies Plan was adopted at full council on 9 July 2014. The council will use Merton's Sites and Policies Plan, along with the Mayor's London Plan and national planning policy, to guide its decision on any planning applications for the site

Contact us

Planning / Future Merton
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837 or 020 8545 3777
Email: planning@merton.gov.uk or future.merton@merton.gov.uk

This page was last updated on Tuesday 27 September 2016

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