AFCW’s plans for Plough Lane just got worse

Wow. Just take a look at this image of what AFC Wimbledon envisage for their new dream stadium in Plough Lane:

plough lane stadium image from AFC Wimbledon Dons Trust

Image from AFC Wimbledon Dons Trust website

You certainly can’t say it’s under-branded.

The image was published today on the club’s website, along with some details of how designs for the stadium are progressing. We learn:

  • the new stadium will be financed by a contribution from Galliard Homes, the sale of the Kingsmeadow ground (where Kingstonian FC are based alongside AFCW), a bank loan, naming rights for the stadium and a Community Share issue.
  • AFCW hope their flaw-ridden planning application will be approved in May 2015 with construction starting in April 2016, completion a year later and the first match to be played in Plough Lane in July 2017.

Merton councillor and prospective parliamentary candidate Andrew Judge told the South London Press last week that “The designs are of a very high quality…”

Whether he had seen this latest image is not known. The description ‘high quality’ does not immediately spring to mind.

But how does the design released today meet planning requirements?

In an official Greater London Authority submission to Merton planners, in which it opposes the scheme for various reasons, it states that  ‘for any development of this scale and prominence to be acceptable, its design needs to be of an outstanding quality’.

The GLA specifically refers to the stadium wall facing the housing development, saying that in the original planning application, it ‘provides little in terms of animation or outlook to help ensure this route feels active and inviting as well as creating a poor outlook for the residential units opposite’.

Well, all that blue and yellow certainly provides ‘animation’ but is it at all ‘inviting’ to anyone other than a dyed-in-the-wool AFC Wimbledon fan?

Nope, we’re not sure that ‘poor outlook’ is looking any better yet…

Wandsworth has a whole list of reasons for rejecting AFCW’s Plough Lane plans