An important step in the new stadium’s planning process occurred on Wednesday 22 January when representatives of AFC Wimbledon and others from the club’s consortium attended a public meeting held by planning inspector Robert Yuille at Merton Civic Centre.
The meeting was one of a series held by Mr Yuille to help him evaluate whether the council’s draft Sites and Policies Plan – which includes the proposal to designate the greyhound site for ‘sporting intensification’, which would allow a football ground to be built there – meets the requirements of all the relevant planning regulations and guidelines.
Having heard the evidence presented to him on the day and read through various submissions made in advance, Mr Yuille will now prepare a report that recommends whether any changes need to be made to the draft plan in order to meet the regulations. This report is expected to be published this spring.
After the meeting, AFC Wimbledon’s chief executive, Erik Samuelson, wrote in the matchday programme for the game against Hartlepool United: “The hearings were a massive step down the path we are treading. We must wait to hear the outcome, but we are hopeful that the result will be what we want. If it is, we’ll move on to the planning application stage with the same level of determination that got our football club from trials on Wimbledon Common to the Football League in nine years.”
Bring the Dons Home will pass on any news as soon as we hear it.