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Sadiq Khan hands back AFC Wimbledon plans to Merton Council

An artist’s impression of the stadium. Credit: Sheppard Robson Architects

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said he will let Merton Council determine the future of a new football stadium to be built at Plough Lane, Wimbledon.

His predecessor Boris Johnson had called in the planning application leaving it up to the Mayor to determine the club's future.

In 2015 Merton Council’s cross party planning committee unanimously agreed to grant AFC Wimbledon permission to develop the site.

AFC Wimbledon currently play at Kingsmeadow in Kingston-Upon-Thames Credit: PA

The plans included the demolition of the former Wimbledon greyhound track, replacing it with a new 20,000-seat stadium, homes and fitness club.

The mayor's decision follows a 14-day consultation, where the public was asked to comment on the application. The application has now been handed back to Merton Council to determine.

I have taken the time to consult local residents, businesses and other interested parties and, having weighed up all of the evidence available to me, I’m confident the stadium and the leisure facility proposed alongside it will be of great benefit to Londoners and the wider community for generations to come. As such, I have decided to return the application to the local council to determine itself.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

I am absolutely thrilled with the Mayor’s decision to hand the decision back to us and we look forward to the home-coming of this much-loved and well-deserving team. Merton wants to see AFC Wimbledon back on Wimbledon turf. We will now be working with the applicant towards the delivery of the site.

– STEPHEN ALAMBRITIS, LEADER OF MERTON COUNCIL