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Selhurst Park redevelopment starting ‘as soon as possible’ says Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish

Selhurst Park redevelopment starting ‘as soon as possible’ says Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish
Nov 22, 2018 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 21/11/2018.

Selhurst Park redevelopment starting ‘as soon as possible’ says Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish

The project is estimated to cost between £75 million and £100 million.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says work on the huge Selhurst Park multi-million pound redevelopment will start “as soon as possible”.

Croydon Council’s planning committee unanimously granted official permission for the rebuild in April, which will see the ageing Main Stand replaced with a modern five-storey stand, increasing the capacity of the ground from 26,000 to more than 34,000.

As well as this, the revamped stadium will also provide better facilities for disabled supporters and bring needed improvements to the ground.

The project is estimated to cost between £75 million and £100 million.

Before work can start, the club and council bosses have been locked in negotiations over the terms of the Club’s Section 106 obligations. These obligations were set out by the planning committee and in the club’s proposal, meaning as part of the redevelopment the club has to fund transport and community improvement initiatives.

Those negotiations have not yet concluded, and as such, there is no start date as yet for the project.

But Parish has hinted that work may start sooner rather than later, reports football.london.

Speaking on Tuesday night (November 20) at the Croydon’s Next Generation panel discussion, held at Croydon Park Hotel, the Eagles chairman outlined what the redevelopment would provide for the local community, including giving the Palace for Life Foundation a new headquarters.

The redeveloped Selhurst Park would have a capacity of more than 34,000

“We are tremendously excited about our part in the massive redevelopment going on in Croydon,” he said.

“We want to bring Selhurst Park alive during the day, it’s not being used as much as we would like.

“The foundation gets a lot of people off the streets and there will be a strong youth element to the way we use the site. There will also be medical uses and other secondary uses.”

Work is likely to be completed in 2021, meaning the new stand will be ready to open for the 2021-22 season.

A design of the redeveloped Main Stand at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park

Fans who have seats in the existing Main Stand will be able to continue sitting there throughout the build process, as the Eagles want to minimise the impact on the stadium capacity in the coming seasons.

As part of the development, six homes in Wooderson Close near the Main Stand will have to be demolished to make room for the ambitious project, though the club has outlined how nine flats to replace the council homes will be built near the Holmesdale Road and Park Road corner of the ground.

At the conference on Tuesday, Parish also said that plans to fund the redevelopment were now in place, but that negotiations were continuing with the council relating to the purchase of land and houses that is a condition of planning permission.

As such, there is no confirmed date as yet for the start of the project, but he added that he hoped work would begin “as soon as possible.”

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says the club want to redevelop Selhurst Park to a 40,000 capacity

Parish was also asked whether the development would go ahead regardless of how the club are faring on the pitch.

“It’s a long-term plan for the future of the football club,” he said.

“To be competitive, we need as much revenue as possible and other Premier League clubs have £20m-£30m more revenue than us. The long-term objective has to be to get into the top half of the table and stay there and we need to build this facility to help us do that.”

When asked about the plans to redevelop Selhurst Park, a spokesman for Croydon Council said: “We are continuing to have productive discussions with Crystal Palace about the redevelopment of Selhurst Park.”

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