We are pleased to report that our Landlords’ planning application was unanimously refused by Wandsworth Council on 25th April 2023.
The planning committee’s reasons for refusal can be read here
Our Landlord, Brian Peck of ISC Properties Ltd has tried on many occasions to redevelop the site and on every occasion has been refused as it would see the loss of our historic rifle club and its members allotments which have been designated as an Asset of Community Value by Wandsworth Council.
Twenty plus years ago he got the large property developer, St Georges (South London) to try. They were refused, went to public appeal and still lost. Now, In his latest attempt to get rid of the club, his planning consultant, Caroline Wilberforce of Verve Planning, proposed a scheme which would have seen a children’s nursery and 3 small junior tennis courts built. There was patently no demand for either and many believed that it was simply a spurious, trojan horse application designed to remove the club from site which would then enable fresh applications for housing, which is where Mr Peck has made a successful career through his vehicle, Mentmore Homes. Whether that was his intent, we will never know!
The Club is in the process of taking ISC Properties Ltd to court for a new lease and is confident that not only will we succeed but that all costs will be awarded against him. We also hope that one day our landlord will consent to sell us the land but thus far, he has insisted on a price that includes a large development premium which we are not prepared to pay as we are not and never be commercial developers. As a Community Amateur Sports Club, the club is owned by the community for the benefit of the community and we hope that will always be the case.
The planning application can be viewed here
Wimbledon Park Rifle Club is a Members Only club that has been offering small bore shooting for over 100 years. Located in a secluded location in Southfields WPRC has a selection of outdoor ranges. All shooting is done from undercover so you are
sheltered from the elements enabling shooting to take place 12 months of the year. We have one of the few 100 yard ranges in London. Members can shoot on any of the ranges;
25 yard Prone ‘Small Bore’ 0.22 cartridge
50 yard Prone ‘Small Bore’ 0.22 cartridge
100 yard Prone ‘Small Bore’ 0.22 cartridge
10m air gun range standing with 4.5mm/0.177 inch pistols and rifles
For those new to the sport we have a good selection of club rifles and equipment allowing you to get a good feel for the sport without the need to purchase equipment. We run special coaching evenings for newcomers where the novice will learn how to safely and correctly handle a rifle and soon learn how to shoot at a competitive level.
Shooting is a competitive sport and all our members are encouraged to enter competitions that are held at the club. In some competitions a simple handicapping system rewards those that excel and WPRC members regularly compete at a County, National and International levels.
Small bore target shooting is a very levelling sport and has no age boundaries and women compete equal with men at most levels. The backbone of the club is the experience of its members, which includes Great Britain and England Team Coaches, Olympic Officials and those that have shot at all levels and who offer a wealth of experience to the newcomer and seasoned shooter alike.
Registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club No. CH12343