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Wimbledon Park Lake towards AELTC

Save Wimbledon Park

Help protect the Environment 
Hold Merton and the AELTC to their promises 
Save Wimbledon Park for future generations

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Save Wimbledon Park - A Call to Action

Help Protect

the Environment

Hold Merton and AELTC to their promises 

Save Wimbledon Park

for future generations

The All England Lawn Tennis Club are still pursuing their application for planning permission to develop the Wimbledon Park golf course.

On Capability Brown’s Grade II* historic and highly protected Metropolitan Open Land they plan an 8,000-seat stadium, 38 courts, 10 other buildings and 9kms of roads and paths (see a map illustrating the plans). They propose a new AELTC private park to which the public may be admitted but which would contain a 30,000sqft maintenance building. 

Map illustrating the AELTC Wimbledon Park Project Planning Application

All this would break the 1993 covenants demanded by Merton to protect the golf course and agreed by AELTC on their purchase.  On 14 July 1993 Merton promised that the golf course would be kept as open space: statement by Tony Colman, leader of Merton Council: “...when we decided to sell this land, we did so ensuring it would be kept as open space and we did so determined that the next owner and any future owner would be denied forever the opportunity to use this space for any development."

Please sign our petition:

Planning Applications

You can still send comments on the planning applications. Email them with your name and address to: 

Merton Council: email  Application no 21/P2900

Wandsworth Council: email Application no 2021/3609

These are the key concerns: ​

• Unacceptable Environmental Impact. The golf course will be excavated, infilled, and levelled over 7 years, threatening protected priority habitats. Claims for biodiversity net gains have been challenged in expert analysis.  • 300 mature trees will be felled. An estimated 500+ younger trees will be uprooted • This is important open space heavily protected in planning policy. Once built upon it could become completely developed.  • The 28m high and 104m wide Stadium will dominate the site, contrary to the 1993 covenant.  • The new AELTC park will belong to the AELTC. Public access to it and the walk around the lake is “permissive”; it may be withdrawn as their commercial priorities change. The AELTC say their Masterplan for the future of their estate is “an evolving vision”.  • A walking route around the lake is welcome and would fulfil a 1993 obligation. The boardwalk over the lake is unacceptable on visual, ecological, and historical grounds.  • With tournament use limited to 3 weeks, the density of courts and infrastructure across the site is excessive. Community access to play tennis will be negligible. Championship parking and the Queue will still be on public park land.  • The plans assume Church Road will be closed during the Championships, even to pedestrians and cyclists. 

This Campaign is Supported By:

Stephen Hammond MP for Wimbledon and Fleur Anderson MP for Putney

CPRE London The Countryside Charity
Merton Friends of the Earth Logo
SAVE Britain's Heritage Logo
Wimbledon Park Residents Association Logo
The Wimbledon Society Logo
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Friends of Wimbledon Park Logo
Merton Tree Wardens Logo


Wimbledon Park Heritage Group

and the following residents' associations (RAs)
Belvedere Estate (BERA)
Osborne House RA

Parkside RA

Raynes Park and West Barnes RA

Southfields Gardens RA 

Sutherland Grove Conservation Area RA

Victoria Drive Conservation Area RA

West Wimbledon RA

Wimbledon East Hillside RA

Wimbledon House RA

Wimbledon Park RA

Wimbledon Union of RAs (WURA)


The Campaign would also like to acknowledge the ongoing

expert legal support and advice of Russell Cooke, solicitors

Wimbledon East Hillside Residents Association Logo
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