Proposed developments on Wimbledon Park.
Proposed developments on Wimbledon Park.

Joint statement from Stephen Hammond MP and Fleur Anderson MP on the AELTC Show Court Development on Wimbledon Park  

We know that many of our local residents in Wimbledon, Southfields and West Hill are continuing to follow the development of proposals from the All-England Lawn Tennis Club closely. We have each met with local residents, leaders of local Residents’ Associations with the Chair and CEO of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club, and held public meetings on this issue.

We both agree on the importance of protecting our local green spaces, responding to the climate emergency, and carefully and rigorously scrutinising all proposed developments that will impact the communities we represent.

We therefore jointly object to the AELTC planning application for building an 8,000 seater stadium and 38 temporary use grass courts on Metropolitan Open Land. Local residents appreciate the existing world class sports event in our area, however there is strong local opposition to these plans. The new area of Wimbledon Park is a small part of the development which will not have any protection against future development and will be mainly closed to the public for at least 5 weeks each summer. The size and mass of the new show court stadium is of an inappropriate scale to be built on Metropolitan Open Land.

We therefore request that when Merton and Wandsworth Councils considers the application, they hold a special full planning committee to discuss only this issue, and we urge both Councils to reject the proposal.

We will both continue to work with our residents in Putney and Wimbledon constituencies, and with the All-England Club, to find a proposal that meets our criteria for a positive development for everyone.

Please urgently submit to the consultations on these proposals:

The deadline to submit your comments on this proposal to Wandsworth Council is Tuesday 2nd August. 

  • Wandsworth Planning Consultation can be found here and closes on Tuesday 2nd August.
  • You can read more about the consultation here. 

The deadline to submit your comments on this proposal to Merton Council is Monday 15th August. 

  • Merton’s Planning Consultation can be entered by emailing planning.representations@merton.gov.uk with the reference number 21/P2900. It closes on Monday 15th August.
  • You can read more about the consultation here.

Please read my letter below, which lays out my objections to the proposals and the key questions I am asking the Council and developers to answer. 

You might like to use the below points to guide your submission. Please also try to include your personal reasons for objecting to this development:

  1. It is massive over-development in a very small residential area.
  2. The park half of the proposed development is not the generous offer that it seems as first as it could be built on at this scale in the future whenever AELTC want to build the next show court. This should be made over to a trust and which would keep it in public control.
  3. The 8,000 seater stadium and 38 pre-qualifier courts are huge building works and carbon footprint and not compatible with declaring a climate emergency.
  4. This creates a mainly un-used development on Metropolitan Open Land rather than opening up our green spaces for all. Councillors should be protecting our green spaces for the use of all, not selling them off.
  5. The new permissive area of Wimbledon Park is not public and will actually be closed for two summer months and longer if AELTC choose.
  6. There are no concrete plans for running the current golf club as a community centre so this community benefit is very likely not to be one, and will be closed for the Championship months.
  7. The traffic movements will be very extensive through Merton and Wandsworth for 6.5 years (at least).
  8. The Wimbledon Junior Golf Academy which is based here for the use of local schools and which successfully opens the sport to disadvantaged children has had no re-provision.
  9. Are there any guarantees that Church Road will not be permanently closed during the works and then in the future during all of the qualifiers as well as the Championships? This is already extremely disruptive during the Championships.

Please feel free to copy my email address into your comments on these proposals – fleur.anderson.mp@parliament.uk.

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