We already know that AFC Wimbledon and their development partners are having to revise their transport, travel and flooding documents which have all been found wanting by the relevant agencies.
Now the Plough Lane plans are also under fire from NHS England. Not only are they unhappy about false assertions made in the planning documents, they also reject the developers’ calculations of existing facilities, and want to see the on-site supermarket replaced with a clinic or surgery.
In a submission to Merton Borough Council, NHS England and the NHS Healthy Urban Development Unit make the following criticisms of the football club’s scheme:
- They point out that the developers have failed to consult with NHS England or Merton and Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Groups on the availability of places for new residents of the housing scheme at local GP practices.
- They also express surprise that AFC Wimbledon claims to have undergone “consultation with NHS England South West London – an organisation that no longer exists”. Whoops!
- They state: “We do not accept the conclusion that ‘existing and planned healthcare facilities were (are) sufficient to meet demand from the development at the site’…We do not accept the GP ratio/population assumptions and calculations used.”
- They assert that the planning application does not assess the “significant” impact of the development and an estimated extra 1,491 new residents on local community care and hospital services.
Furthermore, NHS England suggests that should the project go ahead, the developers should make a payment towards additional local healthcare provision “to mitigate the impact of the development”.
It also suggests “further discussions to explore the possibility” of replacing plans for a retail unit on the site with a healthcare facility.
Our conclusion? More evidence of exactly what a slipshod planning application has been submitted by AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes.