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Wimbledon stadium site redevelopment kicks off

The former south London home of Wimbledon FC (who are now the Milton Keynes-based MK Dons) is finally set to be redeveloped following four years of wrangling over the controversial site.

Halpern Partnership has been given the go-ahead to start on site with this £50 million mixed-use development at Plough Lane, made famous by 'the Dons'.

The green light finally came almost a year after the practice first won planning consent. Since then the scheme's developer, David Wilson Homes, had been negotiating with Merton council over section 106 agreements.

The new scheme will cover 3ha and comprise 570 apartments, 400 of which will be for private sale, along with 4,400m 2of commercial space.

The buildings will be centred around a new public space, including shops and cafés, and will incorporate semi-public gardens.

Tim Quick, director of Halpern Architects, said: 'The site is large enough to create what will effectively be a new neighbourhood for this part of London. We have therefore been careful to include plenty of diversity in the materials and architectural treatments.'

The Wimbledon FC stadium was demolished in 2001.

by Rob Sharp

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