Epic match beckons as Wimbledon locals take on tennis club expansion

Plan for 8,000-seat venue and 38 courts on Capability Brown-designed park sets tennis club on collision course with residents

A battle is brewing in SW19. Local residents, environmental and heritage groups are preparing to launch a public relations and legal salvo against Wimbledon’s plans to develop historic Capability Brown parkland into 39 new tennis courts for the championships.

The campaigners claim the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) designs for a new 8,000-seat show court and 38 other grass courts on a golf course next to the world-famous SW19 club breaches a covenant that prevents building on the Grade II* listed parkland.

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