Wandsworth Council turn down AELTC plans for Wimbledon expansion

Wandsworth Council turn down AELTC plans for Wimbledon expansion

By Ellie Holmes

Controversial plans for major expansion of the Wimbledon Championships, including an 8,000 stadium have suffered a set- back.

Wandsworth council have voted against the proposals in a meeting held on Tuesday 21 November.

Merton Council’s planning committee had in contrast, given permission for the 39 news courts to be built on the site of Wimbledon Park Golf Club.

This latest development is a welcome turn of events for the residents opposed to the plans.

Jonathan Morrish from the Save Wimbledon Park campaign group said:

“This vote from Wandsworth is particularly reassuring because the decision was unanimous.

“We are very pleased that the damage to the environment was clearly highlighted and taken on board by the Council.

“ There seems to now be a greater understanding of the amount of lorry movement that there will be in the area if this project is to go ahead, which we feel has been constantly underestimated.”

The GLA now have a couple of weeks to look at the vote results and evidence to make a decision on the fate of the AELTC’s plans.

“We know we have a lot more to do,” Jonathan confirmed. “But last night was a step in the right direction and we know that the environmental factors such as open spaces, clean air, everything the GLA is trying to promote in London, are at stake if the development goes ahead.”

Meanwhile the AELTC remains focused on the future of the Wimbledon Championships and the investment in the area.

“Our proposals will both secure the future of The Championships for generations to come by bringing players’ Qualifying on site to SW19. It will also provide a transformation in community amenities. ”

There is no fixed date on the GLA’s decision.