AFC Wimbledon secure planning permission for new stadium
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 13/12/17 12:23pm
AFC Wimbledon, Merton Council and Galliard Homes signed the section 106 agreement that clears the way for a new stadium to be built.
The new stadium at Plough Lane will have an estimated capacity of 11,000-20,000 and the development will introduce 602 new homes, retail space and a squash and fitness club to the area.
As a result of the agreement, AFC Wimbledon and GRA Acquisitions Limited will also invest over £1.5m into local health provision and public transport systems in the area.
Plough Lane was previously home to the infamous Wimbledon team of the 1980's, who reached the FA Cup final in 1988, however they were forced to relocate due to plans for a new stadium in Merton which subsequently fell through.
Dons Trust Board chairman Matthew Breach said: "This is another major milestone towards the rightful return of Wimbledon's football club to Wimbledon and represents the result of years of hard work to finalise a complex deal.
"The signing means work can now start on the stadium, as well as the 602 new homes, retail space and squash and fitness club that make up the rest of the development.
"On behalf of all our members and Wimbledon fans everywhere, the Dons Trust Board would like to express our thanks to all of the many people who have helped the club get this far on the journey. There are too many who have helped to name them all, but in particular the support of Merton Council, the tireless efforts of Erik Samuelson and the tremendous efforts of the Bring The Dons Home campaign team have been pivotal."