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Monday 26 September 2016

Taggart meets locals in order to resurrect £200m Wimbledon plan

Published 29/05/2016 | 02:30

'The project's fate is in the hands of the new London mayor Sadiq Khan, who grew up near Wimbledon in Tooting.' Photo: PA
'The project's fate is in the hands of the new London mayor Sadiq Khan, who grew up near Wimbledon in Tooting.' Photo: PA

Irish businessman Paschal Taggart travelled to London yesterday to meet local residents' groups as he seeks to push forward his resurrected plan to save London's only greyhound track.

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The Irishman will seek to rally support for his plan to redevelop the Wimbledon track as part of a £200m project, including 250 new homes.

The project's fate is in the hands of the new London mayor Sadiq Khan, who grew up near Wimbledon in Tooting.

Khan's campaign for mayor focused heavily on the need for so-called "affordable housing" in London. Taggart has said at least 40pc and potentially 50pc of the homes he would build would be affordable.

Taggart's project is competing with a plan led by Nama debtor Galliard Homes, which proposes building a new football stadium at the Wimbledon site housing the football club AFC Wimbledon.

The club is a successor to the previous Wimbledon football team which relocated to Milton Keynes in the early 2000.

The Irishman's plan looked dead and buried after the Galliard/AFC Wimbledon proposal won the backing of the local council. But former London mayor Boris Johnson recently called the plan in for a review, with the final decision now falling to his successor Khan.

Taggart was the chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board from 1995 to 2006, a period during which the board oversaw the redevelopment of a number of Irish greyhound racing tracks. He is also the chairman of travel software company Datalex.

The Wimbledon Park Residents Association has previously come out in favour of Taggart's plan.

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