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SWP urges the GLA to refuse the AELTC application to create an Industrial Tennis Complex at Wimbledon Park

The AELTC’s application to develop the former Wimbledon Park Golf Course is now being considered by the GLA. Save Wimbledon Park (SWP) has sent a series of objections to the GLA. We have had the benefit of expert advice and contributions, all pro bono, from senior architects, planners, tennis stadia designers, heritage consultants, environmentalists and lawyers. This powerful combined effort has confirmed a significant number of planning policy reasons why this application should be refused, including:

1) The latest changes filed by the AELTC in May 2024 add nothing to improve this proposal. The claim of public access to the former golf course is illusory.

2) The need for this development has not been established, and there are no “Very Special Circumstances” justifying this harm to Metropolitan Open Land (MOL).

3 ) The proposal is inappropriate and gross over-development. It will make public safety in and outside the grounds much worse. It fails to pass the test required for development in MOL and fails to satisfy the requirement to maintain the openness of the land, instead creating a manufactured and artificial landscape.

4) Proposed benefits do not outweigh the harm to MOL or to the heritage asset, or the loss of open space. It fails to quantify the full impact of such extensive development on the Grade II* Wimbledon Park Registered Park and Garden: and it fails to comply with appropriate local, regional and national planning policy, regulations, and good practice.

5) The developer’s claimed 23% Biodiversity Net Gain is, in fact, a 36% Biodiversity Net Loss. The Urban Greening Factor would decline from 0.99 to between 0.82 and 0.70, so failing to meet the London Plan Guidance.

6) The site is a remnant ancient Parkland, specially protected in national planning policy as an Irreplaceable Habitat. The proposals would cause significant harm to biodiversity, and planning policy requires the refusal of permission.

7) The Public Trust status of the land, and of the Covenants given by the developer should be given weight sufficient to stop this development.

You can read the SWP documents below or download them at the end of this page:

This application has been opposed by the local MLA Leonie Cooper, the local MPs Stephen Hammond and Fleur Anderson, Councillors at both Merton and Wandsworth, all local civic societies and all local Residents’ Associations, as well as national bodies such as CPRE and FoE. We have all urged the AELTC to think again and to respond to our concerns.

The documents can also be downloaded below:

2024-06-10 SWP statement
Download PDF • 58KB

2024-06-08 SWP GLA Biodiversity Net Gain Rebuttal
Download PDF • 827KB

2024-06-08 SWP GLA Community Benefits
Download PDF • 244KB

2024-06-08 SWP GLA Heritage Assessment
Download PDF • 94KB

2024-06-08 SWP GLA Planning Policy
Download PDF • 141KB

2024-06-08 SWP GLA Very Special Circumstances and Need
Download PDF • 380KB

SWP urges the GLA to refuse the AELTC application to create an Industrial Tennis Complex at Wimbledon Park


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