Goals for new stadium to be realised

Plans for AFC Wimbledonís new football stadium, which could eventually hold up to 20,000 people, were approved by the government, as it decided not to call in the application.

Sajid Javid MP, secretary of state for communities and local government, announced on 27 September that he had rejected a request by Wandsworth Council to review the project.

Javid’s announcement is a major boost for the plans, which were approved by Merton Council in December 2015 and also include 600 homes, commercial space and a squash club.

“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,” said the club’s chief executive Erik Samuelson.

The project, for a stadium which would initially cater for 11,000 people and see the Dons relocate from their current ground in Kingston Upon Thames, was conceived by AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes. A planning application was lodged in 

November 2014 and, after a consultation process, approved the next year.

But in March 2016 it was called in by the former mayor of London Boris Johnson. In July, the new mayor, Sadiq Khan, handed the decision back to Merton Council.

After Javid’s decision, the plans
are now subject to a section 106 agreement being reached, which is expected by December.

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