AFC Wimbledon’s proposed plans to build a new stadium on Plough Lane has received a further b0ost after the government decided against reviewing their plans.
Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is prepared to allow planning permission be sanctioned by the local authorities.
The club are now set to begin developing Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.
Speaking to the club’s website chief executive Erik Samuelson said: "Now, at long last, we can start planning with confidence to give AFC Wimbledon a secure future at the heart of the community the club represents. After so many years in exile, the Dons are coming home.”
Merton Borough had originally granted the Dons approval to build an 11,000 capacity stadium back in December 2015.
However, then Major of London, Boris Johnson decided to review the decision following backlash from neighbouring Wandsworth.
However Sadiq Kahn, who was elected mayor in May has decided to go with the original decision made by Merton after a two week consultation.
AFC Wimbledon plans to include the construction of 602 residential units and could eventually see the capacity of the stadium developed to 20,000.
The Dons have played at Kingsmeadow in Kingston since they reformed in 2002 but have always planned a move to Merton and a return to Plough Lane. The stadium they were forced to leave in 1991 to play at Selhurst Park.