The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has overturned a decision made by his predecessor to call in an application to build a new football stadium in Plough Lane, Wimbledon.

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

The decision follows a 14-day consultation, in which the public was asked to comment on the application and the options available to the Mayor, which ended on 10 August.

The application has now been handed back to Merton Council to determine.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq 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 itself.”

Notes to editors

  • The plans are for the demolition of the former Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium and for the construction of a 20,000-seat stadium (initially 11,000-seat) as well as 602 homes, a squash and fitness club, parking and other facilities.
  • 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.
  • The former Mayor, Boris Johnson, called in the application in to City Hall in March 2016 (under article 7 of the Mayor of London Order and the powers conferred by Section 2A of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act).

Via The Mayor’s Office. View original article here.