*LATEST NEWS – FEBRUARY 2018*
Following the decision of the Central London County Court to decide in favour of Southwark Council in the Greendale lease renewal hearing, Meadow Residential opted to withdraw their planning appeals and all future financial support and management to the Football Club.
As it stands, Meadow Residential maintain they want to redevelop the site but there has been little progress with Southwark Council on a way forward which suits all parties. We also understand that Meadow are actively looking to sell the site however despite at least one bid being made this has not materialised in anything yet.
Southwark Council did not make a decision on the planning application to redevelop Champion Hill. Meadow Residential (the owners of Champion Hill) appealed against the failure of the Council to make a decision within the statutory time period and referred the case to the Planning Inspectorate.
The appeals were due to take place from 12 December 2017 at Southwark Council’s offices in Tooley Street, London. The Appeals would have seen both the main planning application and the application to vary the existing Section 106 agreement heard. The Trust was due to be present at the Appeal as a third party witness.
Below were our key points for supporters to draw upon when writing to the Planning Inspectorate to support the appeal. We have left them here as a reference to the key points we have put forward.
You can read the Trust’s response to the Appeal here
The Section 106 planning obligations associated with the current ground prevents the pitch from being built on. Meadow need to remove this to enable their development to go ahead. However, we need to make sure that we don’t lose our current ground before the new one is built, so we want some additional
wording added to the proposed S106 amendments to make sure the Club always have somewhere to play games. We suggest you tell the Planning
Inspector that you support the removal of the clause providing additional wording is inserted to prevent the removal of these obligations until after
Practical Completion of a new stadium. You can explain that this is:
• in line with Strategic Policy 4 within Southwark’s Core Strategy;
• supports the broader ambitions of the London Plan; and
• is aligned to the applicant’s phasing of the development as applied for in Planning Application 16/AP/1232, and noted in the Heads of Terms for the new s106 agreement.