WE WANT WIMBLEDON (WWW) as a representor has been informed by the Programme Officer for Merton Sites and Policies Plan (the "Plan") that Inspector Robert Yuille, MSc DipTP MRTPI, has been appointed to conduct the Examination to determine whether the Plan is sound.
The public hearings will commence at 10 am on Tuesday 21 January 2014 and will take place in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, London Road, Merton, SM4 5DX. Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium will be discussed on Wednesday 22 January through to Friday 24 January 2014.
Participants for each hearing will be representors requesting a change to the Plan and who wish to take part in the
discussions at the hearing. People wishing to take part in the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium hearing need to inform the Programme Officer, Pauline Butcher, no later than 12 noon on Friday 22 November 2013. Those wishing to take part in the hearing should submit hearing statements dealing specifically with the main matters and issues as identified by the Inspector and should be sent to the PO no later than 12 noon on Friday 13 December 2013.
WWW will be taking part in the hearing as will Hume Consulting Limited (Paschal Taggart) and Hamilton Architects. The Inspector has raised the following questions in relation to the Greyhound Site:
(A) Is this site a suitable location for an intensification of sporting activity with enabling development?
(B) support has variously been expressed for providing an enhanced greyhound stadium or a football stadium on the site. On the face of it the allocation in the Plan would allow for either option. It would not be appropriate at this stage to go into the relative merits of these schemes but it has been suggested that the Plan should include a more explicit
reference to seeking to retain a greyhound stadium. Is there any merit in this suggestion?
(C) Is the site suitable for the sort of enabling development (residential/leisure/retail) that has been suggested?
(D) It has been suggested that the site is more suitable for industrial and warehousing development together with leisure facilities and school use. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach?
Both Paschal/Hamilton Architects and WWW will be addressing these issues. The hearing is a public hearing and people can attend even if they are not taking part. An updated agenda will be provided after 22 November 2013 and will be available on the Merton Council website (www.merton.gov.uk
Once the Inspector has gathered all the information necessary to come to reasoned conclusions on the main issues, he will write his report which will be submitted to the Council. The Inspector will announce the likely date of the report's submission at the end of the final hearing session.
This is the hearing we have been working towards and we intend to show the Inspector the merits of our proposals for a world class greyhound stadium and enabling development. If anyone has any thoughts or questions please feel free to contact Diane McLean via email email@example.com