A new stadium for AFC Wimbledon is on the cards. AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson says that it is one of the most significant moments in history, as reported by the Guardian.
The Dons have been in consultation with the Merton Council. Reports suggest that they now have permission to return to Plough Lane and build a stadium. The Dons moved to Kingsmeadow after being at Plough Lane till 1991. The move was due to a legislation which required all-seater stadiums.
“We are all absolutely delighted,” Samuelson told the club’s official website. “This has been a momentous day for our club and the most important event since we re-formed it 13 years ago..”
According to BBC, “The League Two club applied to build an 11,000-seater stadium – that could be expanded to hold 20,000 – on the site of Wimbledon greyhound stadium.”
Samuelson further said, “Following the sale of our former Plough Lane site and the decision by the FA to allow Wimbledon FC’s Football League place to be moved to Milton Keynes, our fans did something unprecedented in the football world – we decided to re-form the club, enter the football hierarchy at the lowest level and repeat what the old Wimbledon FC did with massive success, namely make our way up through the many leagues into the Football League.
“We have never lost sight of that and so we have focused the majority of our community works on Merton because this is our home and we are delighted that we have been granted planning approval to return to Wimbledon.”
Apart from the 20,000-seater stadium, the plans include the provision to build 602 residential units, along with retail and commercial space and a leisure club.
AFC Wimbledon became a non-league club after they moved to Kingsmeadow but later moved back to club status. The fans protested against the move back then but this permission of moving back to Plough Lane comes as a positive move for the AFC Wimbledon supporters.