Stadium and housing details revealed as Dulwich Hamlet prepare for return to Champion Hill home

Developers Meadow Residential want to build 240 flats on land currently taken up by the returning Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.
The National League South side released details and an image, above, of the new stadium it will get if Meadow is allowed to move its pitch to the next-door Greendale Playing fields.
The details have been given out as the club prepares for a massive party-style celebration of its return to its Champion Hill home of 75 years, due to be the home game against Eastbourne Borough on Boxing Day.
It will be the first time Gavin Rose’s side has played there since winning promotion in a penalty shoot-out play-off final in May.
But the development firm wants to put 240 flats on the site, a massive increase on the last scheme, by the club’s previous owners, the Hadley Property Group, which had just 155.
A statement issued by the football club this evening said: “Intensive work has been under way to restore the stadium and the pitch in preparation for DHFC’s return to Champion Hill later this month.
“DHFC and Southwark council have now agreed a new lease of the AstroTurf pitch on Greendale and in return Meadow has granted DHFC a new lease allowing them to play further homes games at Champion Hill.
“The ground is now ready for DHFC’s return which will be their first home game at Champion Hill since their promotion to the Vanarama National League South. It is currently scheduled for Boxing Day, 26th December 2018.
“Meadow is currently preparing a new planning application, which will be submitted to Southwark Council in the New Year, for a new stadium, with capacity for up to 4,000 fans, together with over 230 new homes. The new planning proposals are being designed to ensure that there will be no new buildings on Metropolitan Open Land.”
Ben Clasper, for DHFC, said: ”Our priority to date has been to work with Meadow Partners and London Borough of Southwark to allow Dulwich Hamlet to return home and we now look forward to continuing that work to secure the long term future for the football club as well as working with the Council to help provide new sporting facilities for the local community.”
Andrew McDaniel, for Meadow, said: “We’re looking forward to starting a new chapter in the history of Dulwich Hamlet by securing planning permission for a new stadium and delivering much needed homes, with a policy-compliant planning application which addresses the London Plan.”

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