Selhurst Park rejig revised documents


Crystal Palace stadium update August 2022 Image: Crystal Palace FC

The Premier League club Crystal Palace Football Club (UK) has released 40 revised documents as it plans to expand its residence – the Selhurst Park.

‘MyLondon’ stated that a 41-page report uploaded to the Croydon Council’s planning portal said the amendments should be “approved without delay”.

The Crystal Palace Football Club is a professional football club based in Selhurst in the Borough of Croydon, South London, England (UK), who competes in the Premier League, the highest level of English football.

The 25,456-capacity Selhurst Park is a football stadium in Selhurst in the London Borough of Croydon which is the home ground of Premier League side Crystal Palace. The stadium was designed by Archibald Leitch and opened in 1924.

The Croydon London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Croydon in Greater London, England (UK). It is a London Borough Council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Croydon is divided into 28 wards, electing 70 councilors.

‘MyLondon’ further stated that more than four years after the original plans were given the green light, neighbors were informed of the updates in a letter from the Council’s Planning Department recently. It was originally thought the upgraded stadium would be ready for the 2021-2022 seasons.

The Crystal Palace has submitted a total of 40 revised documents to be considered by the Council, including updates to fire safety, landscaping and local transport. Locals can now comment on the amended plans with public consultation open until August 25th.

This includes updates to encourage more supporters and staff to ditch their cars when traveling to the stadium. A ‘healthy streets addendum’, published in July 2022, has been written to keep up with targets from the Mayor of London 80 percent of all trips in London to be made by foot, bicycle or public transport by 2041.

This includes car parking management plans and contributing to local transport projects. The football club plans to give £330,000 towards setting up and delivering a controlled parking area and £100,000 towards new cycle routes.

Planning permission for the revamp of Selhurst Park’s Main Stand was first granted in 2018. It will increase the ground’s capacity by almost 10,000 to around 34,000. Permissions should have expired but the Croydon Council has allowed the club to update its existing permission.

At the time, the plans received more than 4,000 supporting comments. A letter was sent out to neighbors about the changes to the plans recently. Before any building work can start, the club needs to buy six houses in Wooderson Close and residents need to be given 12 months’ notice. Five are owned by the Croydon Council and one is privately- owned.

Last month, Chairman of the Crystal Palace Football Club, Steve Parish, assured fans the club was still committed to the £100 million project – “I’d like to thank the Croydon Council for their continued support in enabling us to update the application since the resolution to grant planning permission was issued. We very much hope to make significant progress in the coming months, and will keep supporters and stakeholders updated as and when we have more news.”

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