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Khan reverses Johnson’s intervention over Wimbledon stadium scheme

Published: Thursday, 25th August 2016

Sadiq Khan returns Plough Lane stadium decision to Merton Council, plans include a new 20,000-­seat stadium, 602 homes and a fitness club...

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has overturned a decision made by his predecessor to call in an application for a new football stadium in Plough Lane, Wimbledon as well as 602 new homes and community sports facilities.

The plans include the demolition of Wimbledon greyhound track and replacing it with a new 20,000­seat stadium, homes and a fitness club.

The application has now been handed back to Merton Council in south west London to determine.

Khan said: “I have taken the time to consult local residents, businesses and other interested parties and, having weighed up all of the evidence available to me, I’m confident the stadium and the leisure facility proposed alongside it will be of great benefit to Londoners and the wider community for generations to come.

“As such, I have decided to return the application to the local council to determine the case itself.”

The planning application was submitted by Galliard Homes and the new football stadium will be used by AFC Wimbledon. Merton Council approved the application in December 2015. Former Mayor Boris Johnson called in the application to City Hall in March 2016.

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Roger Milne