Palace reach £1m deal with council to progress stadium plans

Crystal Palace has taken a step closer to its £75m redevelopment of Selhurst Park after its plans were progressed by the local authority.

Croydon Council’s planning committee formally approved the terms of an S106 agreement with the Premier League club at a meeting last night, more than two years after planning permission was initially granted in April 2018. Under the S106, the London club will commit up to £1m for local infrastructure, with the money to be spent on cycle routes, controlled parking zones, more bins and station improvements.

The project, which would see Selhurst Park’s capacity increase from 26,000 to more than 34,000, now just needs final sign-off by the authority and the club, having already been approved by the Greater London Authority. At that point, the club will formally be granted five years planning permission for the redevelopment.

Speaking to TheStadiumBusiness, a Palace spokesperson said two other outstanding issues must be rectified before the plans can become reality. There is an ongoing negotiation with supermarket group Sainsbury’s over a piece of land it owns which the club wants to purchase as part of its redevelopment plans. The other issue is the relocation of a handful of residents from Wooderson Close, which borders Selhurst Park, which is a condition of the planning permission.

The S106 was seen as the last stumbling block in work commencing on the redevelopment of Selhurst Park. The package also includes training and local employment with 10 apprenticeships created and a commitment to paying the London Living Wage.

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. Redevelopment of the stadium’s Main Stand is central to the project.

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. Palace says the project will generate more than £15m a year for the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs.

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