After publicly revealing the plans for the redevelopment of Selhurst Park late last year, the club have now formally submitted a request for planning permission to the council, as you can see in this document.
Whilst the scale models and animated mock-ups are lovely to look at, it goes without saying that Palace need the backing of the relevant local bodies to ever get the plans off the ground, making this stage of the process mightily important.
With the proposed new Main Stand planned to be spread over three tiers and add a further 8,000 seats to Selhurst Park’s overall capacity, there is relatively large amount of changes pencilled in for the area immediately outside the existing structure, including the proposed demolition of some houses; all of which is explained in detail within the document attached at the top of the page.
Having listened to Steve Parish’s recent appearance on the Five Year Plan podcast, it was intriguing to learn how important match-day revenue remains to us as a club, highlighting the difference a newly refurbished Main Stand would make to our long-term financial future. Should the local council give the plans the go-ahead, we can look towards a great deal more income from week to week through both ticket sales and corporate hospitality; a part of the modern football landscape that we’ve been lagging well behind in for at least 20 years now.
It remains extremely early days in our bid to get the building work underway but from everything I’ve seen, there is more support for the plans at council level than there ever has been before, leading both Parish and the club’s supporters to hold out genuine hope for a positive outcome to the planning permission application.
Whilst ensuring our status as a Premier League club on the pitch will always be the main priority, it’s good to see such exciting plans reaching this stage too. Should Roy and the boys continue the fine run of form they’ve enjoyed of late over the next few months, any positive outcome at council level will point towards an extremely bright future for Crystal Palace Football Club.
We live in hope.