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Green light for £100m Crystal Palace stadium expansion

by Sion Geschwindt
Green light for £100m Crystal Palace stadium expansion

Crystal Place Football Club’s updated planning application for a new Main Stand at Selhurst Park has been approved by Croydon councillors.

The club recently submitted minor adjustments to the scheme to adhere to new London Plan requirements. This required fresh approval before planning permission could be granted and any work could begin.

The Main Stand development will overhaul Selhurst Park, which has been the Club’s home since 1924, increasing capacity from 26,000 to over 34,000.

Under the revised designs, the landscaping and public realm has been rejigged and all heating in the building will now be provided by air source heat pumps instead of gas boilers.

Other work set to be carried out at Selhurst Park includes construction of 24,500 sq.metre new internal floor space beneath the expanded main stand and a 550 sq.metre restaurant and retail unit.

The football pitch will be lengthened from 101m to 105m and an accessible seating area will be created within the Whitehorse Lane Stand, resulting in spectator capacity there falling by 690.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “I would like to thank Croydon Council for their continued support for the stadium redevelopment, which will bring substantial investment into the borough, as well as breathing new life into Selhurst Park.

“We would have liked to have started the project sooner, but our plans were delayed by financial constraints caused by the Covid pandemic. In the last couple of years our focus has been on bringing our exciting Academy development to fruition, but our attention will now turn to the stadium project.

“It has long been our ambition to extend and modernise Selhurst Park, making it a home fit for the 21st century.

“We are looking forward to getting started on the project. There is a lot of preparatory work to be done in the coming months and we will update on a likely timetable in due course”.

Croydon’s planning committee first gave the application the green light four years ago but the process was delayed by the COVID pandemic, the club said.

The scheme will now head to the Greater London Authority for the second time to be signed off by London mayor Sadiq Khan.

Images courtesy: Crystal Palace Football Club

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