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AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium plans move step closer

AFC Wimbledon’s plans to build a new football stadium in Merton near London have come a step closer after the Mayor of London withdrew objections to the scheme.

AFC Wimbledon’s plans to build a new football stadium in Merton near London have come a step closer after the Mayor of London withdrew objections to the scheme.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to Merton Borough Council handing it back power to make a final decision on the League One football club’s proposal without any input from City Hall.

The Dons had been granted planning permission to build an initial 11,000-seater ground on Plough Lane by Merton Borough Council in December 2015.

But the plans were called in for review in March by Boris Johnson, who was London’s Mayor at the time. New Mayor Khan has decided there is no need for a review.

AFC Wimbledon said in a statement:

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that he is returning the decision for our new stadium planning application back to Merton Council.

We welcome this decision and we hope that in the near future Merton Council will confirm that the planning application has been granted.

When this is done it will be a major step forward for the club’s ambitions to return to our home in Merton and a genuine cause for celebration.

The plans for the stadium, which will be built on the site of the current Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, also include 600 new homes and leisure facilities.

Khan said the stadium and other facilities will be “of great benefit to Londoners and the wider community for generations to come”.

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