OFFICIAL: Palace Request Planning Permission For New Main Stand

1 Posted by - January 19, 2018 - News

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.

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5 Comments

  • Kevin January 19, 2018 - 8:05 am Reply

    Lets forget the upgrades and work on getting non loan players to put us in the top 6

  • Kevin January 19, 2018 - 8:42 am Reply

    So no one else is worried for this season

  • James January 19, 2018 - 9:07 am Reply

    I don’t think they’ve actually submitted planning approval. This is a development presentation, intended to elicit comments from the planning committee as to their view on the project, and what needs to change.

    Planning permission is the final stage and requires lots of architectural drawings, environmental studies etc. All of which are very expensive, so you don’t want to do it all until you’re pretty much certain you’ll get planning approval.

    Having said that, the initial response from the council is very positive and they’re not objecting to anything in principal, they just need the club to develop the plans more to start coming up with solutions to things like traffic, pedestrian safety, the houses on Wooderson Close. And they’re not sure about the aesthetics of the main stand either.

    • admin January 19, 2018 - 9:42 am Reply

      Ahhh ok, thanks for that feedback James. I won’t pretend to be completely clued up on the order of the processes.

  • Charles January 19, 2018 - 12:16 pm Reply

    Fingers crossed as this plan would be fantastic for the club!

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