The site and the surrounding area
Welcome to our website. For the past three years, Meadow Residential has been working to deliver the site at Champion Hill for a mixed-use scheme including new homes together with a new stadium for Dulwich Hamlet Football Club (DHFC).
Meadow Residential remain fully committed to delivering much needed housing and a sports facility and have sought to work constructively with Southwark Council to that end. We are now preparing to put forward a revised Planning Application that is policy compliant and will secure the future of DHFC and address the Mayor’s Housing Agenda.
Our proposals for Champion Hill
Meadow Residential is submitting a new Planning Application, which offers:
- Over 230 new homes
- 40% affordable homes
- A new community stadium facility providing a secure future for the Club with increased capacity and modern facilities
- new multi-use all-weather pitch, available for both league fixtures and community use
- new indoor sports and leisure facilities, including replacement squash courts, a new health and fitness club and a multi-use games area (MUGA)
- Flexible community/commercial floor space
- The scheme will also deliver children’s play space on site
- There will be a new green link connecting Green Dale and St Francis Park, providing a new route for pedestrians and cyclists
- A new green park on the current site
- Children’s play space onsite
The new pitch, designed in compliance with the National Ground Grading – Category B as specified in the FA requirements, will replace the existing AstroTurf pitch on Green Dale, and is proposed to be available for use by Dulwich Hamlet Football Club for home matches as well as being available for use by the local community throughout the week.
There will be no new building on the Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) which is land protected for recreational use. The MOL use will remain unchanged. To ensure that existing views are not impacted upon the western ground enclosure is constructed from metal shutter glass, which are openable and thereby allow open views from the existing Green Dale back towards the stadium.
We are providing up to 235 much needed new homes on the site, 40% of which will be affordable. These will comprise apartments and townhouses of mixed sizes.
Our proposals will comply with the draft London Plan and meet the Mayor’s aspirations for investment in housing density and affordability.
Landscaping will be implemented to provide a soft edge to the development and nearby MOL and also offer significant improvements to the adjacent green spaces. A new east-west green link will provide opportunities for pedestrian and cycle connections between St Francis Park, Abbotswood Road, the new Stadium and Green Dale.
A new stadium
We are providing a brand-new stadium on the site, which will have capacity for 4,000 fans (that’s 1,000 more than the current stadium).
A new Clubhouse will feature a bar and lounge for fans to enjoy.
The stadium will sit outside the MOL and the open space will be dramatically improved with a linear park.
DHFC has been promoted and now is part of the National League South.
Therefore the new stadium is designed in compliance with the National Ground Grading – Category B as specified in the FA requirements. The new stadium has a minimum capacity of 3,000 spectators and the potential to increase the capacity to 4,000. The pitch as well as the club house and the facilities provided are all in line with the FA requirement for Category B grounds.
The existing pitches are planned to be upgraded from astroturf pitches to artificial pitches meeting FA requirements.
The stadium will be partially dug-in with a fence of 1.83m sitting above the dug out areas and partially be level with the surrounding. The western ground enclosure is constructed from metal shutter gates, which are openable to allow open views from the existing Green Dale back towards the stadium. On match days the same roller shutters will be lowered and thereby create the permanent boundary requested by the FA.
New sports and leisure facilities
The stadium will sit at the edge of the site and be orientated to front Green Dale. These existing facilities are in need of significant refurbishment.
We propose to help the delivery of the Council’s interim improvement plans for Green Dale. The derelict AstroTurf will be replaced with a new multi-use pitch. Our proposal will facilitate the delivery of the Council’s plans without using public funding.
These proposals will improve the existing sports facilities and secure the future stability of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, while providing wider community benefits.
New high quality sports and recreational facilities will be provided in the form of a larger stadium, gym and games area, all available for public use. This will provide a real improvement on the existing facilities in terms of quality, quantity and public access and ensure that that there is no loss of important open space as a result of the proposal.
The stadium and sports facilities will then sit outside of the Metropolitan Open Land (MOL), along the western edge of the site with the proposed residential development beyond this, on the most appropriate part of the site, as previously developed land.
This approach maintains the openness of the MOL in accordance with London Plan Policy, and is supported by the Greater London Authority.
Overall, this is an opportunity to deliver up to 235 much-needed new homes within Dulwich, with a good mix of unit types and tenures, including affordable housing, as well as a new stadium and sports and community facilities.