Selhurst Park planning application open for public comment
Croydon Council has published Crystal Palace Football Club’s planning application for the redevelopment of Selhurst Park and its Main Stand, and the public may now comment upon the plans.
Crystal Palace Football Club’s (CPFC) full application for the redevelopment of Selhurst Park can now be viewed online and comments can be submitted on the Croydon Council Planning portal by clicking here, for the consideration of the Planning Committee.
A decision from the committee is expected in April 2018, and supportive public comments will play a key factor in determining the success of the club’s application.
Steve Parish, Chairman of Crystal Palace FC, said:
I would urge all our supporters to submit comments to Croydon Council to give our application the best possible chance of approval. This huge investment in Selhurst Park will provide a major boost to the borough in so many ways, including creating hundreds of new jobs, more facilities and space for our community to gather, and give thousands more fans the chance to experience top flight football at Palace. Our plans will transform the matchday experience for our fans and visitors to the borough, and by extending the pitch length – we are making Selhurst Park eligible to host international football in the future.
We need a stadium that reflects who we are, how far we have come and where we want to go – a stadium that south London can be proud of, a home worthy of our incredible support and unique atmosphere and this great Premier League we represent. We are committed to working with Croydon Council to ensure our application proceeds, but now is your chance to support our bid. Please submit your comments on our proposal on the Croydon Council Planning Portal.
As Sports Venue Business (SVB) reported back on February 11, key features of the redevelopment include:
- An increase in capacity of Selhurst Park from 26,000 to more than 34,000, overhauling a stadium which has been the club’s home since 1924
- Capacity in the new Main Stand alone will hold 13,500 fans, with more than 10,700 of these General Admission seats. Inspired by the club’s rich heritage and its roots in south London, the design pays homage to the original Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill
- Improved facilities for supporters with disabilities and a substantial increase in wheelchair spaces, making Selhurst Park compliant with Accessible Stadia Guidelines for New Stadiums
- New community facilities, supplementing the work of the Palace for Life Foundation, which delivers health, education and sporting programmes for more than 13,500 local children and young adults
- An estimated 700 new matchday jobs
- A new museum, documenting the club’s rich history and its place in the South London community, as well as new retail and restaurant units
- A bigger pitch, increased from 101.5m x 68m, to 105m x 68m, making Selhurst Park compliant with UEFA regulations and eligible to host tournament football
- Premium hospitality and entertainment facilities for more than 2,500 supporters, including a new Tunnel Club, and between 16-28 boxes, which will give members a unique vantage point as the players prepare for the match and conduct post-match interviews
- Improved sightlines in the Arthur Wait Stand with the removal of the TV gantry, and improved concourses
- Redevelopment of the upper Whitehorse Lane Boxes into mixed bar/box use
The project, which is expected to cost between GB£75m and £100m, will not only increase capacity at Selhurst Park from 26,000 to more than 34,000, but also develop the pitch size in accordance with UEFA regulations, add infrastructure for disabled supporters and enhanced hospitality facilities to transform the matchday experience for supporters. The project will also provide new facilities for the community, all while retaining the ground’s uniquely passionate EPL atmosphere.
The centrepiece of the redevelopment is a stunning new five-storey stand, which will feature an all-glass front – a homage to the club’s earliest days when it stood in the shadows of the original Crystal Palace, erected on Sydenham Hill. A central vaulted arch, with the famous Eagle crest, is a reminder of the iconic 1851 Exhibition Hall, and eagle wings flank the 41m structure.
The project is being designed by leading sports architecture and design practice, KSS, the firm behind the redevelopment of iconic sporting venues such as Anfield, Twickenham and Wimbledon. The roof of the new stand will be designed to funnel sound down to the pitch and the Arthur Wait Stand opposite.
The existing Main Stand will remain in full operational use throughout the build process, minimising impact on stadium capacity in the coming seasons; something KSS are well used to, having experienced this on the Anfield, Twickenham and Wimbledon redevelopments.
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