Green light for Sheppard Robson's Wimbledon Stadium Development

14th December 2015

For Galliard Homes, in association with AFC Wimbledon Football Club, Sheppard Robson has received detailed planning consent from Merton Council for a new multi-million mixed use sports stadium led project on a 14 acre brownfield land site located off Plough Lane in Wimbledon.

The masterplan for the new project is designed by award winning architectural practice Sheppard Robson, who designed the residential, retail and leisure elements of the scheme; working alongside Wilson Owens Owens who designed the new football stadium.

The centerpiece of the scheme will be a new 20,000-seater football stadium, with an initial capacity of 11,000, which will serve as the new home of AFC Wimbledon Football Club.

Founded in 2002 AFC Wimbledon views itself as the spiritual successor of the original Plough Lane based Wimbledon football team which was formed in 1889. That original club relocated to Milton Keynes in 2001-2 and adopted the name Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. A group of Wimbledon based supporters responded by forming the new club AFC Wimbledon which has been seeking a base and stadium in Wimbledon which has now been achieved with this planning decision.

Around the new stadium Galliard Homes will build a mixed use development providing 602 mixed tenure apartments; a 17,500ft² squash club and fitness facility providing six squash courts, dance/fitness studio and gymnasium, and a 13,700ft² retail outlet.

Claire Haywood, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said:

"This is a fantastic outcome for AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes, and for the local community and its future residents. By regenerating this Merton site, we are giving AFC Wimbledon a new home, and creating housing and public space. It has been a long and complex journey, and I'm really delighted that Sheppard Robson has delivered the right result.”