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Wandsworth Council’s Planning Committee unanimously vote against AELTC planning application

By 23 November 2023No Comments

Last Updated on 23 November 2023

After Wandsworth Council Officers’ report recommended that the AELTC planning proposal be rejected because it failed to provide the significant evidence required to justify building on Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), Wandsworth Planning Committee supported their view at a packed meeting.
So one set all, after Merton Council clearly ignored the evidence against this application provided to them by all the impacted resident’s associations, heritage bodies and of course your Society.  The match continues.
The application will now be referred to the GLA, where we hope our evidence will be fully taken into account. If this application is allowed to proceed, the impact on other MOL and listed green spaces in London (perhaps a new football stadium in Cannizaro or Battersea Park?) must be considered.
The Covenants, promises made by Merton Council and agreed to by the AELTC, not to build on this land, are still to be considered although again we were disappointed by Merton Labour councillors refusal to publicly state their support for these at a recent Council meeting.
What about the Championships themselves? Where do we stand? You will not be surprised to learn that many of us, as usual, are applying via a ballot for tickets to the 2024 tournament and whether successful or not are looking forward to seeing the cream of world tennis battling it out in July on our doorstep.
What can you do to support us? Please sign the Save Wimbledon Park petition, over 16,000signatures to date, and if you have already then please encourage others to do so HERE
Onwards and upwards!