Merton Council has approved the proposals to extend Wimbledon into the former Wimbledon Park Golf Club.
The Merton Council Planning Committee (26 October 2023) narrowly voted in favour of the proposals because the benefits outweighed the harm done to the metropolitan open land. The approval has been given despite significant objections, including all the local MPs.
In a statement, AELTC chief executive Sally Bolton said: “Our proposals will both secure the future of The Championships for generations to come by bringing Qualifying to SW19 and provide a transformation in community amenities – including a new 23-acre park for everyone to enjoy on land which has been inaccessible to the public for over 100 years.
“We now look forward to the decision of Wandsworth Council’s Planning Committee in the coming weeks.”
The approval is the first of several steps in gaining final approval for the extension following the £65m purchase of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club lease. Wandsworth, the GLA and possibly the Housing Minister Michael Gove must agree on the proposals before work can commence.
The architects are Allies and Morrison, LUC, the land use consultants and Rolfe Judd, the planning consultants.
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