Udney Park Update

In mid-August Savills asked for closing bids for the purchase of Udney Park playing fields. Savills advised Jonathan Dunn that they had received a significantly higher offer from A N Other than that which had been put forward by the Foundation. They confirmed at the time that this offer had been accepted.

Five months have now passed and the Foundation have been advised that negotiations continue with the other party. The Savills website continues to state that the site is ‘under offer’. The identity of the other bidder remains unknown.

In the meantime Teddington Rugby Club continue to lease about one third of the site - primarily for floodlight evening training. Their lease also incorporates use of the tennis courts (albeit one of these is out of commission due to deteriorating surfacing). The other two thirds of the fields including the pavilion remain abandoned and all public access is prohibited. Thus genuine community use remains off the table for now.

In the last month or two further restrictions have been placed on any future development. The heritage status of Building of Townscape Merit has been awarded to the War Memorial Pavilion, an application backed by the Old Merchant Taylors and their War Memorial Trust, the original founding body of Udney Park. Udney Park is also being evaluated as a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation in the Richmond Local Plan due to the presence of various protected species.

It is now only 10 months until the Centenary of Udney Park opening as the War Memorial Sports Ground in Teddington in November 1922. The hope had been that the current owners would restore Udney Park to community ownership so that the fields and pavilion could be refurbished in time for the Centenary. This is now appears to be a forlorn hope.

Other recent news

Foundation submit bid to Mr Wu and support in Parliament

Foundation submit bid to Mr Wu and support in Parliament

Posted on 6th Feb 2024

I have now attended two positive meetings with Mr Wu’s representatives, together with my fellow trustee, Philip Barnes. The most recent meeting was the week before last. An offer to purchase the fields has been submitted. More information has been requested. The Foundation is providing an executive summary as to why the land should be sold, in order that Mr Wu’s representatives can go back with to Mr Wu with a recommendation. This submission will go in this week.

The second meeting was also attended by our local MP, Munira Wilson, who made several robust statements in support of the bid. Munira left all attendees in no doubt as to her position. Her position has also been set out in Parliament on more than one occasion, most recently as link below.


Discussions on purchase of fields due to commence

Discussions on purchase of fields due to commence

Posted on 27th Sep 2023

The ACV for the sale for Udney Park playing fields was finally triggered on 15th September 2023, when the owners formally confirmed to LBRUT that they intended to sell the fields. A moratorium of six months now commences during which time the fields can only be sold to a Community Interest Company (CIC).

Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Foundation to submit bid AND receives a mention in parliament.

Posted on 14th Jul 2023

Confirmation of the sale of Udney Park playing fields was confirmed in the local press igniting hopes that the fields can be returned to community use https://teddingtontown.co.uk/2023/07/06/teddingtons-udney-park-playing-fields-back-on-the-market/

The Foundation have contacted the representatives of Mr Wu in order to put in motion an offer for the purchase of the playing fields. The site is designated as an ACV, and is currently under a moratorium which prevents the sale of the land to anyone other than a Community Interest Company (CIC) for a six month period.