A mystery bidder is understood to be seeking to buy playing fields which are at the centre of a development row.

Udney Fields at Teddington were put up for sale by Quantum after the developer failed to get planning permission from Richmond Council  to build on them.

Quantum had bought the 12-hectare site in 2015 from Imperial College and had unsuccessfully proposed a scheme called Affordable Housing &Healthcare (AHH).

London West believes the new offer was made after a community bid of £2 million was rejected. It is not known if the current offer is a commercial or sporting bid.

The brochure marketing the site, produced by Savills, describes it as a ‘unique South West London development & investment opportunity’.

It goes on to explain: “Interested parties should form their own opinion on this opportunity and take professional advice where appropriate.

“Please note that the majority of the site is designated as Local Green Space and Other Open Land of Townscape Importance. The whole site is currently designated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).”

Supporters of the rejected community offer included the Rugby Football Union and the English Cricket Board who both argued that such space is in short supply and much needed in West London.

At the time of its sale in 2015, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who was Mayor of London described the possible loss of playing fields as ‘an absolute scandal’.

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