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Wimbledon dog track supports plan to turn stadium into football ground
2:33pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in AFC Wimbledon By Lauren May, Reporter

Wimbledon dog track supports plan to turn stadium into football ground
The owners of London’s last remaining dog track have submitted a proposal to turn their stadium into a football ground which could be AFC Wimbledon’s new home.

Merton Council has today received a proposal from the Greyhound Racing Authority (GRA), who own Plough Lane greyhound stadium, which details plans for a 10 to 15,000 seat football stadium.

It also includes leisure facilities, between 450 and 500 homes, and a "substantial" retail store.

It is the first time that the GRA have said they would support a proposal to lose dog racing at the stadium in favour of a football stadium.

In a letter to the council outlining their position, Duncan Parr, director of the GRA, said that they had submitted their proposal following discussions with the Council and the football club.

It said: "The provision of a football stadium for AFC Wimbledon will represent a return of the club to their historic home after over 20 years.

"The social benefits to the local community for generations to come should not be underestimated."

The proposal would also seek to cater for the wider community with coaching courses offered to young people, a retail store and new homes.

In August the Wimbledon Guardian revealed AFC Wimbledon’s own proposals for the site which included building a stadium big enough to hold 12,000 fans, increasing to 22,000.

The project, which the club has said could take 10 years to complete, would cost somewhere in the region of £100m to build on the five-hectare site.

Should a football stadium be built on the site, AFC Wimbledon could return to Merton after its predecessor, Wimbledon FC, left Plough Lane to ground-share with Crystal Palace in 1991.

A rival proposal to a football stadium has also been submitted by Irish businessman Paschal Taggart who wants to build a new £30m four-tier dog racing stadium with a capacity for 6,000 spectators.

The three visions for the site are in response to Merton Council's ‘call for sites’ - which requested those interested in developing a land site in the borough to set out their ideas in writing to the council.

While no planning applications have been submitted, the council will consider the proposals put forward by the GRA, AFC Wimbledon and Mr Taggart.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said: "We have tagged the greyhound stadium as a site for sports intensification.

"It could be a football stadium or another bigger and better greyhound stadium, but the sporting intensification part is what is important.

"I wouldn’t rule out a sporting activity such as rugby or two sports sharing together.

"Hopefully the jockeying for position by a number of developers who want to do something with the site will include a football stadium.

"That doesn’t exclude greyhound racing but it’s looking good for AFC Wimbledon."

What happens next?

•Dec 13 - Feb 12, 2013: There will be a public consultation on the 'Call for Sites' submissions;
•The council's Future Merton team will begin "deliverability testing" to evaluate the viability of the various proposals;
•Spring 2013: Results of consultation to be published for public examination;
•Summer 2013: An independent examination of the proposed sites;
•Autumn 2013: A Merton Council cabinet meeting to discuss the council's conclusions and recommendations for Plough Lane and other sites across the borough.
•November 2013 (to be confirmed): A full council meeting at Merton Civic Centre where all councillors can have their say on the proposals to be adopted into the council's official planning policy (the Core Strategy);
•? Developers must submit formal applications to the council's planning committee, made of a cross-party selection of elected councillors who must look at the application in a quasi-judicial capacity.
 

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Decision to be made in early September by Merton Council in regards to the future of Wimbledon greyhound stadium. One bid is from an Irish businessman who wants to spend £25m upgrading the existing stadium into a state-of-the-art greyhound racing facility, whilst the alternative is for a housing redevelopment and football stadium for AFC Wimbledon.

The site:



Details about the football stadium, which would be the new home of AFC Wimbledon:




The alternative option from the Irish businessman:

 

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Just some basic outline plans at the moment until a decision is made in early 2014:






AFC Wimbledon with Galliard Homes plan: 11,000 capacity stadium, with flexibility to expand to 20,000, banqueting and conference facilities, 600 residential homes and a wide range of shops and community facilities.
The alternative plan for Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium:

Paschal Taggart's plan: New world class squash club with seven courts, a four tier 4,500 capacity greyhound racing stadium, supermarket and residential apartments as well as a multi storey car park, medical centre, dance studio and gymnasium.
 

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It is all to play for between the greyhound and AFC Wimbledon bids after an inspector said the Plough Lane site would be suitable for either sport.

After months of deliberation, an independent inspector has deemed the controversial Wimbledon site suitable for both greyhound racing and football, leaving it for Merton Council’s planning committee to decide.


AFC Wimbledon has said it is delighted by the result, whereas greyhound supporters remain stoic as the hard work is not yet over for either side.

The future of the site has been mired in controversy as both AFC Wimbledon and supporters of greyhound racing, which is currently housed at the stadium, have been battling it out to make the historic venue their home in Wimbledon.

Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis said he is pleased inspector Robert Yuille has agreed with the council over the suitability of the location for ‘sporting intensification’ after months of speculation.

Coun Alambritis said: "We are pleased the inspector has gone with us for the greyhound stadium.

"It is right for sporting intensification.

"Planning permission will be given for flats, the number of them is to be decided. "It is all to play for for any sport."

Inspector Robert Yuille heard arguments from all sides about the suitability of each sport, plus ideas on retail and residential use at a hearing in late January this year, as part of a review of Merton Council Sites and Policies Local Plan.

AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson said he was delighted with the inspector’s conclusion.

Mr Samuelson said: "We can now move to the next stage of the process.

"There’s still a long way to go and a lot of hard work to be done but this is a significant moment in our plans to return to Wimbledon."

Greyhound supporter Diane McLean, of the We Want Wimbledon group, said: "I am not excited by the result; it is not anything new as far as we’re concerned.

"Things are underway - if the football think they can railroad through they are mistaken.

Ms McLean said they will put in a planning application to the council in due course and it will quite rightly be scrutinised by the public and the council.

AFC Wimbledon will hold a number of public consultations this summer on dates to be announced.

In the report, the inspector said: "Time will tell whether either of these schemes is viable or suitable on this site.

"I see no compelling planning reason at this time why the Plan, which at present allows for either, should seek, in effect, to favour one rather than the other.

"I do not, therefore, consider it necessary for the Plan to specify that a greyhound stadium should be retained on the site."

Irish business man Paschal Taggart's £60m plans for the stadium feature a new world class squash club with seven courts, a four tier 4,500 capacity greyhound racing stadium, supermarket and residential apartments as well as a multi storey car park, medical centre, dance studio and gymnasium.

If AFC Wimbledon win the bid, the club would build a mixed use development featuring a 22,000 capacity stadium, starting at 12,000, 500 residential apartments, a hotel, education and retail space and an intention to replace the squash courts and gym at Christopher’s Squash Club.

The Planning Inspectorate’s report on the examination into Merton Sites and Policies Local Plan was published on Wednesday, June 4.

It will be discussed at a council meeting on Wednesday, July 9 in the Civic Offices in Morden.
http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/11261548.All_to_play_for_in_battle_for_Plough_Lane_between_AFC_Wimbledon_and_greyhound_racing__inspector_rules/
 

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My only experience of a combined football and greyhound stadium was the misnamed Central Park in Sittingbourne. It was a huge distance to the pitch from the terraces behind the goals and almost nobody stood there. In the end the football club were moved out of their own ground in favour of speedway (a long sad tale of financial mismanagement).

What would happen to Kingstonian if Wimbledon leave Kingsmeadow?
 

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Romford greyhound stadium is also used for football. Wembley stadium was used for the dogs aswell and im not sure about walthamstow
 

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Plans for AFC Wimbledon’s football stadium in Plough Lane will be unveiled to the public at a series of exhibitions it was announced today.

Plans for the new stadium will go on show for the first time before the club puts a planning bid into Merton Council.

The news comes days after an independent inspector gave the go-ahead for the Plough Lane site in Wimbledon to be used for either greyhound racing or football after months of speculation.

Both sides will now have to submit planning applications to the council.

AFC Wimbledon in partnership with Galliard Homes announced today it will host three public exhibitions in Wimbledon Park Hall and Tooting Leisure Centre at the end of the month.

AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said: "This is the next stage of a process that will hopefully lead to a return to Plough Lane.

"The exhibitions offer fans a chance to see detailed plans for the site, including computer-generated imagery of what the stadium will look like."
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CC8QqQIwAg&url=http://www.wimbledonguardian.co.uk/news/11267911.New_AFC_Wimbledon_stadium_plans_to_be_unveiled_at_public_exhibitions/?ref=var_0&ei=RiyXU_y7KciR7AbbiIHIBA&usg=AFQjCNF4NPACfWwC50CufB5r85toR5_HSg

To build (in stages) a high-quality 20,000-seat stadium suitable for Championship level football. The initial stadium will open with a capacity of approximately 11,000 seats, with hospitality
www.redevelopingploughlane.co.uk
 

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That's very true but to me it just looks like loftus road and if they ever rise through the leagues they will be in the same situation as the original Wimbledon were in and have to move out of the area. Just all seems very shortsighted to me
 
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