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Stadium plans ‘moving forward’ – Palace chairman

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said that the Premier League club’s ambitious plans to redevelop Selhurst Park are “moving forward” as it seeks to begin work at the end of the season.

Palace was granted permission to go ahead with the redevelopment of Selhurst Park in April 2018, after first unveiling plans to increase the stadium’s capacity from 26,000 to 34,000 in December 2017.

The project, which will cost between £75m (€87.4m/$97.9m) and £100m, is designed to transform the match-day experience at Palace and is highlighted by a five-storey stand with an all-glass front.

The club is hopeful of beginning the work this summer ahead of a planned opening date at the start of the 2021-22 Premier League season.

The Evening Standard reported that negotiations between the club and Croydon Council are still ongoing with regards to transport and community improvement initiatives. The work cannot begin until the club reaches an agreement with the council and the Standard reported that these talks are progressing well.

“Things are moving forward,” Parish said as he addressed Palace fans at the club’s awards ceremony on Tuesday. “Certainly from me, I won’t rest until we see that new stand built and we see the investment in the academy.

“What all these guys want to see, what the players want to see, is progress of the club. We have had some difficult moments with that and there are still some hurdles to get over.

“But that and the academy, we are 100 per cent committed to. Don’t think for a minute that I don’t think like a supporter when I see what Tottenham are doing and other clubs. We need to get there. It is a big challenge for me and a big challenge for everyone at the club, but we need to make sure it happens.”

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