AFC Wimbledon has enjoyed an astonishing rise since starting again in the ninth tier of English football in 2002, but in order to continue that success the club now needs a new stadium. The Club wants to allow more people to watch our matches, to improve the matchday experience for supporters and to extend our potential revenue through sponsorship and corporate initiatives.
Over the past few months the Club has been preparing its planning application, which was submitted to Merton Council in November. Following a four week period in which the application was ratified and formalised, a registration number for the submission by Galliard Home and AFC Wimbledon has now been issued.
You can view the full application on the Merton Council website.
The Council will now embark on a statutory consultation process, which will include 4,500 letters being delivered by hand to local residents. In around 16 weeks, the Council’s planning committee will make a recommendation about whether to approve the plans or not.
Write, now - help the Club's plans become a reality
While our application is being reviewed, the Club would like to encourage all supporters, members of the local community and the general public to take part in the 'Write, now' campaign and contact the Council in support of the proposed move.
More information on the campaign, including suggestions for contacting the Council and an online form to submit your thoughts, is available on the Bring the Dons Home website.
What does the plan include?
The Club is seeking to build a 20,000-seater stadium with an initial capacity of 11,000.
The plans include provision for 600 residential units, along with retail and commercial space and a leisure club. Though the master plan aims to cater for growing support as Wimbledon progress up the Football League, it would also revitalise this part of Merton by bringing more jobs and adding community facilities for local residents.
You can still view the online version of the Club's stadium manifesto, which was handed out to supporters last season and which was submitted to the Merton Council as part of its 'call for sites' process.
The document summarises the business plan that was posted on the Council's website and sets out the main reasons why AFC Wimbledon should be returning to its home borough, including the benefits we believe we will bring to the community by doing so.
Since then, the club has staged public exhibitions of its stadium proposals, providing a transparent process for supporters and members of the community to provide their thoughts and comments. During this process 3,041 people commented on the proposals with 84 per cent supporting them.