The site

Flooding issues

Traffic and transport issues

Key facts:

  • Site measures 5.29 hectares
  • Approximately two thirds of the site is dominated by the
    Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, the remainder of the site is a car
    park with some commercial and industrial uses.
  • Buildings on the eastern (Wandsworth) boundary are in separate ownership and contain a light industrial use (Volante) and Elite motorcycle training fronting
    Summerstown. Plans are afoot to redevelop this area too.
  • The building in the southeast corner contains a food establishment.
  • The site also accommodates Christopher’s Squash and Fitness Club within the stadium buildings and a hand car wash accessed from adjacent Copper Mill Lane.
  • Weekly car boot sales take place in the car park, generating large amounts of traffic.
  • The site adjoins an industrial estate along the northern and eastern boundary.
  • South of the site, on the other side of Plough Lane is a retail and industrial estate, with residential areas close by.
  • Running along the western boundary of the site is a large operational electricity substation owned by National Grid.
  • The River Wandle, a natural corridor that is home to a variety of wildlife, runs nearby.

Check out Merton Borough Council’s summary of the Greyhound Stadium site and planning issues it raises.

Water and waste services:
The site is currently non-residential. Should development of the Greyhound Stadium site go ahead, it would take three years for Thames Water to ensure water and waste services could be supplied for 400 homes.

According to a Thames Water assessment: ‘We have concerns regarding Water Supply Capability in relation to this site. Specifically, the water supply network in this area is unlikely to be able to support the demand anticipated from this development. Water supply infrastructure is likely to be required to ensure sufficient capacity is brought forward ahead of the development. In the first instance a water supply strategy would be required from the developer to determine the exact impact on our infrastructure and the significance of the infrastructure to support the development. It should be noted that in the likely event of an upgrade to our assets being required, there could be a period of up to 3 years required
for the delivery of the infrastructure, alternatively the developer may wish to requisition the
infrastructure to deliver it sooner. We are also likely to request a Grampian style planning
condition to ensure the infrastructure is in place ahead of occupation of the development.”

The same applies to waste water provision, with Thames Water stating “We have concerns regarding Waste Water Services in relation to this site. Specifically, the sewerage network capacity in this area is unlikely to be able to support the demand anticipated from
this development. Drainage Infrastructure is likely to be required to ensure sufficient capacity is brought forward ahead of the development. In the first instance a drainage strategy would be
required from the developer to determine the exact impact on our infrastructure and the
significance of the infrastructure to support the development. It should be noted that in the event of an upgrade to our assets being required, up to three years lead in time will be potentially necessary for the delivery of the infrastructure…”

(document submitted to Merton Council by Thames Water Sept 2013, in response to the council’s Development Plan and Policies. Read it in full here.)

Read more facts about the Plough Lane greyhound stadium site on the Merton Borough Council website here

One thought on “The site

  1. Mr Ian Tungatt

    As it is at least three years to get all the needs in place how can they leave the site empty while this is tried to get sorted? The environment agency says it is illegal to build on a 3b flood plain, this development has to be shelved, there is certain troubles ahead. I think there has got to be an extension given to the greyhound lease so as not to leave the site empty, this will allow the hospital parking which is vital to continue. in the end the planning and development of the site should and has got to be shelved, the law and Commonsense must prevail before it is too late.

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