Wimbledon’s expansion plans have suffered a setback after Wandsworth councillors voted unanimously to reject proposals for 38 new courts in neighbouring Wimbledon Park.
The seven councillors acted upon the recommendation of their planning chiefs regardless of Merton Council, through which the vast majority of the location is positioned, approving it final month.
The appliance will now be referred to the Mayor of London’s workplace and the All England Membership stays hopeful that it’s going to nonetheless be given the inexperienced mild.
All England Membership chief govt Sally Bolton mentioned in a press release: “Naturally, we’re upset by the London Borough of Wandsworth’s determination.
“Our proposals will ship one of many best sporting transformations for London since 2012, alongside substantial advantages for the area people.
“We firmly consider the AELTC Wimbledon Park Undertaking affords vital social, financial and environmental enhancements, together with turning 23 acres of beforehand personal land into a brand new public park, alongside lots of of jobs and tens of tens of millions of kilos in financial advantages for our neighbours in Wandsworth, Merton and throughout London.
“Given the break up council determination, with the London Borough of Merton resolving to approve our software final month, our planning software will now be referred to the Mayor of London’s workplace for consideration.”
The All England Membership’s software, which included an 8,000-capacity present courtroom on land beforehand occupied by Wimbledon golf course, had met fierce resistance from some native residents.
Wandsworth’s planning officers really useful councillors reject the proposals final week, after concluding that there have been not the required very particular circumstances to outweigh the hurt and lack of open land.
The newest improvement was welcomed by the stress group Save Wimbledon Park (SWP), whose members have campaigned towards the proposals.
Regardless of acknowledging the method was removed from completed, chairman Iain Simpson mentioned: “This outcome could be very heartening. The councillors unanimously recognised the essential level that this software supplies no justification for a lot hurt to metropolitan open land, our treasured inexperienced belt.”