Amid fears that Wandsworth residents’ views on AFC Wimbledon’s plans to bring football back to Plough Lane would be ignored, Merton Council have given Tooting MP Sadiq Khan the reassurance that they will consider Wandsworth submissions on an equal footing with Merton Residents.
AFC Wimbledon have recently submitted a planning application to take over the greyhound stadium on Plough Lane and turn it into a football ground, with additional housing and retail space. The plans include an 11,000-capacity stadium, as well as 600 homes. You can view the plans here.
Whilst the site is in the borough of Merton and the planning application will be decided by Merton Council, Plough Lane sits on the boundary of Wandsworth, and will affect a number of Wandsworth residents. The huge influx of 11,000 football supporters on match days and 600 extra families living in the area will have a massive impact on Wandsworth residents, in both Tooting and Earlsfield.
After concerns were raised that the views of Wandsworth residents would count for less, local MP Sadiq Khan has been able to secure a commitment from Merton Council, that the submissions of Wandsworth residents will be given equal weighting to those of Merton residents.
There were also worries that the consultation was taking place over the festive period, and didn’t allow people enough time to have their say. As a result, Merton have agreed to extend the deadline to 19th January, and have stated that submissions completed after this date this will still be accepted.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Wandsworth residents are right to want an equal say on such big changes which will affect them just as much as our neighbours in Merton. I hope this reassurance will offer some relief to local residents, and I will continue to encourage as many people as possible take part in the consultation.
“I know there are real concerns about AFC Wimbledon’s proposals, and the impact it will have on traffic and local services. What is clear is that the site is going to be redeveloped, and my priority is to make sure whatever happens, development works for local residents.”