LAMBS   Wimbledon of Squash - Centre of Excellence in Olympic 2012 capital 1 Lamb's Passage, Islington, London, EC1Y 8LE
    Save Lambs Stop the Chop       
    A  true team effort in the best interest  of the game of Squash
      Campaigns by Lambs Squash Club members to save the Wimbledon of Squash from redevelopment retaining  it as a  centre of Squash excellence.   Launched Easter 2005

    Campaign to save the Wimbledon of Squash is backed by:
    Rt Hon Richard Caborn  Minister for Sport Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP Islington South & Finsbury Chris Smith Chair of the London Cultural Consortium   Baroness Hamwee  Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Regional and Local Government, House of Lords   Matthew Delaney, Regional Director  Sport England Nick Rider Chief Executive England Squash Several thousand squash players and supporters worldwide

Why save Lambs?

The 9 court facility in central London has been a centre of excellence for more than 25 years. Today a developer backed by the Duke of Buccleuch Scotlandís wealthiest landlord wants to turn it into a pedestrian 9 storey block of flats, depriving the local community of a strategic facility which can never be replaced. Squash ranks among the UK's top 10 priority sports. British players hold more Squash world titles and rankings than in any other sport. Government planning policy (PPG17) protects facilities that are not surplus to requirement. Lambs has more than 1100 members, some 50 leagues, two county teams, a vibrant squash ladder,   and a thriving player and social community in the heart of the City. Some Islington planning officers think the Duke's flats are more important. We donít.  Nor do local councillors. So we're fighting to stop the Duke.
Backing us are key national and local figures and bodies.   Join in if you care about the future of Squash in this country


(More details are available to members, players and supporters here)

World class squash  played  regularly  at  Lambs



KEEP right on filing, the authority will accept your objections right up to the  next  meeting  (likely  in  November  2006)
A planning officers recommendation on the application (previously issued as " recommend for approval" ) will be delivered a week before the meeting. The recommendation will have as a material consideration, to make mention of and take into account, the finding of the Planning Inspector  itself due  early  in  October.    

File a FRESH  objection today even if you have done so once, twice or three times before. 
FILE AN OBJECTION - quote AMENDED Application number P052310 and P060911 for redevelopment  of 1, Lamb's Passage, Islington, London, EC1Y 8LE.

The developer April 25th filed yet another planning application  -  P060911-  this one because the Planning Authority has discovered that the basement of the Squash Club, part of the former Chiswell Street brewery, is a Listed Building. P060911  is  an  effort  to  overcome  the  redevelopment  restrictions  attaching  to  a  listed  site. 
To avoid having to spend further valuable time objecting every time the developer attempts to overcome objections, we urge you to object to both these applications by signing and attaching this
word document here   and  here.

NB: Planning  subcommittee  is to make a determination at a meeting on June  8, 2006 @ 1930.
ALL Lambs members and supporters are urged to clear their diaries and be there to save the club

ALSO please fill  out and sign the objection/petition (download here ) return  to  us (here's my petition

Object to P052310 and to P060911:


I object



These links brings up forms where required fields are indicated by asterisk.
The forms allows you to attach a Word document containing your objection.
If this link doesn't   work do email   your objections to the local authority ( and  here
We suggest you use some of
these arguments in your objection

Alternatively attach your own Word document or type your comments directly into the appropriate box
Instructions for the form:
Respond to the line: "
Your interest in application" - " Objector" from drop down menu
Respond to the line:
" Nature of response" - " Objection to the application" from drop down menu
(notify  the team  by email )
NB: If the online form fails 
email the authority (
The  form  link  is

  Read Sport England's submission against the latest application here

Jointly    these form their AMENDED APPLICATION.   
ONE    (Barrister Opinion)          
TWO   (Pan Leisure's PPG17 assessment )
Note Clan's less than satisfactory efforts at dealing with PPG17  objections
Then read our legal team's point by point rebuttal

According to Squash UK  there  are:   One million regular players in the UK   Plus a further one million occasional players Squash is the most popular " second" sport among golfers, footballers, cricketers, rugby players   There are more than 3,000 squash clubs in the UK     Squash is a hugely popular sport among upper level professionals, managers and employees Squash is rated the No.1 healthy sport by Forbes magazine   Fast, fun and healthy Excellent cardio-vascular work-out Squash is renowned for power, speed, flexibility, agility, stamina and endurance.

HERE are arguments of use in filing electronic objections to Islington. Do stress PPG 17 argument. This remains the developer's weakest point and the reason why the application was deferred at the last planning meeting. In terms of government guidance to local planning authorities significant sports facilities cannot  just  be  bulldozed  by  developers  without  demonstrating  facilities are  surplus  to  requirement  -- clearly not the  case  with  this thriving 1200  member  squash  club!  We  have  an  email  from  Zayd Al-Jawad of Islington  Valuation  Department which shows the developer Clan admits this is not the case: " they (the  developer) forecast the loss of 1200+ members with only 450+ capacity in the local area."   The  email  couldn't be clearer - alternative provision is insufficient.    Remember we have support at the highest level - its worth reminding the council of that.

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Does Islington  have a joined up approach?

Promoting physical activity - a strategy for Islington

Islington's Executive  was  to  meet  05 October 2006.
Its agenda included this item: Promoting physical activity - a strategy for Islington.
In charge of implementation of this strategy is executive member Cllr George Allen, who also heads up the South Area Planning Sub-Committee. He was responsible in January 2006 for attempting to convince his colleagues to approve the officersí recommendation that Clan be allowed to  redevelop our squash    club. Thankfully he was overruled on PPG17 grounds. The issue is due back before the same committee, chaired by the same Cllr George Allen, in November ... but this time AFTER the Planning Inspector has made his report on the application.

However, according to the Strategy for Islington report (see hyperlink below) Islington is committed to government physical activity targets.   Among the issues  are  a  need  to  encourage more physical activity in the workplace and in schools through links with private leisure facilities!

PerhapsCllr Allenís left hand could talk to his right hand some time soon?
download the summary pdf








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