The proposals include a state-of-the-art stadium with an increased capacity of 4,000 (including 870 seats), an all-weather 3G artificial surface and new facilities for fans and the community. The scheme can facilitate two successive promotions - obviously an improvement on the single promotion possible at the current, unsustainable ground. Whereas the current ground will not meet FA standards should the club achieve a rise of more than one division, the new stadium will allow the club to continue its on-field growth and development.
The plans also include a 155 home enabling development, incorporating a number of family-sized and affordable homes, which will help fund the new stadium and secure the long-term future of Dulwich Hamlet as a local club under fan ownership.
The final planning application has evolved to incorporate feedback received during the consultation. This includes a new linear park to better connect local green spaces, whilst cover has also recently been added to the standing terraces behind each goal at the request of the club’s fans.
“Dulwich Hamlet is a special club with fantastic fans, who will rightly be handed their club, debt-free, upon the scheme’s approval.”
The borough have also requested that the scheme include Green Dale Fields in the application, as the land currently falls within the same lease as the derelict astroturf which the proposed stadium will stand. In order to preserve the openness of the area, the scheme will incorporate green walls and the planting of trees. Below is an computer generated image of the stadium and development from the west side of the site.