New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan might have problems approving AFC Wimbledon/Galliard Homes plans if there’s an alternative on the table offering 40%, possibly rising to 50%, affordable housing for Plough Lane.
Details of Paschal Taggart’s rival scheme for a greyhound track plus housing were detailed in an article in The Sun newspaper on Saturday.
We learn from the article that replacing the current rundown stadium with a new facility would bring with it a smaller scale housing development of 230 apartments – meaning less impact on local infrastructure than AFCW/Galliards plan for 600+ homes, yet around twice as much social housing than the football club’s development offers.
Taggart told The Sun: “We are mindful of the importance of homes for key workers – nurses, teachers and the police – who are being priced out of London.”
Sadiq Khan won the mayoral election on a platform of pledging to hold developers to account over affordable housing levels in the capital.
When the AFCW plans went before Merton’s planning committee, there were no alternative plans on the table. Taggart, a high-profile Dublin businessman who specialises in developing greyhound stadia, said he wanted to see how the football stadium plan progressed before submitting an alternative plan. It costs many thousands of pounds merely to submit a largescale scheme to planners.
Taggart decided to throw his hat into the ring after the previous Mayor of London failed to approve the AFCW/GAlliard Homes scheme. The Wimbledon Guardian reported on his intentions in an article last week.