Joint Trust and Football Club Statement to Members, Supporters' and Stakeholders

Joint Trust and Football Club Statement to Members, Supporters' and Stakeholders

14th Jul 2020

The Supporters' Trust and Dulwich Hamlet Football Club are pleased to update members, fans and our community that our application for a new stadium will be determined by the London Borough of Southwark planning committee on Monday July 27th.

This is the moment our fans have fought long and hard to see happen, to secure the long term future and objectives that can only be delivered by this scheme - allowing the club to remain owned by its fans and stay in the heart of its community.

We go into this committee on the back of continued and overwhelming support from our fans and the local community and the Club would like to thank everyone for their support over the years, both in keeping the club going and demonstrating their backing for the plans.  Without you all the corner could never have been turned and we hope the committee will approve the application and allow the club to continue in its new direction, adding sporting provision and facilities in Southwark to the work we already do in the community.

The Club and the Trust are respectful of the fact that there has been some local opposition to the scheme primarily due to the renovation and enclosure of our derelict astro turf pitch but, after long and careful consideration of that and all other factors, the planning officers at London Borough of Southwark have recommended that the application should be approved.  We believe it is important to listen to different views and opinions before conclusions are reached and it was encouraging to see not only that the council’s process allowed everyone to have a voice, but also the vast majority were in favour of the plans.

We would like to thank all of you who have asked for updates since the application was submitted for your patience but it was important to invest the time required to address every concern and idea raised. We have been committed to engaging positively with all stakeholders to deliver the best possible scheme, which means the application that will be presented is submitted both with the support of the community and the positive recommendations from the council and other consulting authorities.

The committee meeting is scheduled to start at 6.30pm on Monday July 27th and is open to the public online. Details can be found on the London Borough of Southwark website.

The boards of DHFC and DHST