By MIKE DICKSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 20 April 2023
"Wimbledon is facing yet another delay to its major 38-court expansion plans
The latest planning meeting involving the local councils has been postponed
It seems likely the situation will not be resolved before 2023 tournament in July
Wimbledon is facing yet another delay to its major expansion plans onto a neighbouring former golf course after its latest planning meeting involving local councils was postponed.
And it now seems likely that arguments to secure permission to build 38 new courts, including a stadium, will not be heard until after The Championships take place in the first half of July.
The application process is already around eighteen months behind schedule, and it is now nearly four and a half years since the All England Club bought out the lease of the adjacent Wimbledon Park Golf Club at a cost of £65million.
It had been envisaged that the long-running saga would reach a significant point next week with Merton Council's planning committee expected to formally meet to consider the plans.
However, that has been put back again, and it is already said to be highly unlikely that a proposed alternative date in May will be realistic. "