DHST are aware of a letter from Meadow’s legal team to LB Southwark’s planning officer confirming that following last week’s lease hearing on Green Dale, they have decided to withdraw their planning appeals. In the letter it states:
This decision has been made in light of the outcome of the hearing on Monday in relation to the lease proceedings and what our client considers to be subsequent defamatory statements made against it by the Council. With that background our client regrettably considers it cannot continue with the appeal.
The stance that has been taken by the Council generally is extremely disappointing due to the impact on the deliverability of housing and the future of DHFC. Without the ongoing support of the Council our client’s continuing intervention is, with regret, futile.
DHST are in discussions with Meadow to confirm how they plan to proceed in terms of their support of the Club generally and what they intend to do with the land. We will update as soon as we have further news.
DHST supported the proposals because it offered the Football Club an opportunity for a sustainable future in East Dulwich under the ownership of its fans. We stand by that model of ownership as the preferred option and will continue to act in the best interests of its members and the Football Club. We continue to maintain dialogue with all major stakeholders and will review all available options to ensure the future of the Club is secure.