To ensure as many resident as possible are informed of AFC Wimbledon /Galliard Homes plans for Plough Lane, Wimbledon Park Residents’ Association has arranged a public meeting for January 15, 2015, at Kohat Road Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm.
Why is the meeting necessary? The planning application proposes measures including:
- Building 602 new homes for 1,491 new residents, yet makes no mention of education or healthcare provision for these extra people. (We note that developers often pledge to provide financial support for facilities of this type when seeking approval for a large-scale development. There has been no public mention of anything of the sort re this application.)
- Building a 20,000-seat football stadium, despite the fact that AFC Wimbledon is a League 2 team with an average gate of less than 4,000.
- Building all this on an officially designated highest-risk flood plain, where Merton’s own guidelines forbid building basements (the plans include basement car parking), and the Environment Agency recommends only essential development should occur (and ideally not residential developments). Read more on flooding
- Providing zero car parking spaces for supporters on-site. The plans in fact clearly state that they expect fans travelling by car to find on-street spaces in the locality. Those are the spaces used by residents and our visitors. Read more on traffic and transport
- Closing Plough Lane, Summerstown and Wimbledon Road as necessary to allow supporters to move through streets, interfering with traffic flow and leading to more lengthy tailbacks. (Like the ones we suffered when roadworks closed one lane of Plough Lane at the end of 2014. That was just half the road shut. Imagine if the whole road was impassable to traffic? Chaos!) Read more about road closures
- Permanently scrapping on-street parking spaces in Haydons Road, thus causing a detriment to surrounding residential streets and harming passing trade for local businesses. Read more about scrapping these spaces
Find out more: attend the information meeting: 7.30pm, Thursday January 15, 2015, at Kohat Road Church Hall.