Crystal Palace FC has released a stunning new computer generated image from the skies above Selhurst Park of how the proposed redevelopment would transform the south London stadium.
The image includes the effect of the works upon six houses on Wooderson Close, and the club has reiterated to Croydon Council that if planning permission is granted, the costs of re-housing affected residents is top of the club’s priorities.
The club has committed to working with Croydon Council and to ensure all residents affected are re-housed in equivalent properties -financed by the club – in one of the surrounding wards, and will also assist with the associated costs of moving.
In addition, six new family homes would be built elsewhere and financed by the club. This means there would be no net loss of housing in the borough as a result of the club’s redevelopment plans.
Chairman Steve Parish said:
We’ve been working with the council over recent months specifically discussing the effect upon the residents on Wooderson Close – which we all agree is something that needs to be done carefully and sensitively. We remain fully committed to that process, and to ensuring, should we be successful, that residents are dealt with both fairly and with respect.
I’d like to thank the council and all other stakeholders who have been so supportive to date. Everyone seems to understand this is overwhelmingly positive for south London.
Members of the public are being encouraged to submit their comments on the club’s application for the consideration of the council’s Planning Committee.
Key features of the redevelopment include:
- An increase in capacity of Selhurst Park from 26,000 to more than 34,000, overhauling a stadium which has been the club’s home since 1924.
- Capacity in the new Main Stand alone will hold 13,500 fans, with more than 10,700 of these General Admission seats. Inspired by the club’s rich heritage and its roots in south London, the design pays homage to the original Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill.
- Improved facilities for supporters with disabilities and a substantial increase in wheelchair spaces, making Selhurst Park compliant with Accessible Stadia Guidelines for New Stadiums.
- New community facilities, supplementing the work of the Palace for Life Foundation, which delivers health, education and sporting programmes for more than 13,500 local children and young adults.
- An estimated 700 new matchday jobs.
- A new museum, documenting the club’s rich history and its place in the South London community, as well as new retail and restaurant units.
- A bigger pitch, increased from 101.5m x 68m, to 105m x 68m, making Selhurst Park compliant with UEFA regulations and eligible to host tournament football.
- Premium hospitality and entertainment facilities for more than 2,500 supporters, including a new Tunnel Club, and between 16-28 boxes, which will give members a unique vantage point as the players prepare for the match and conduct post-match interviews.
- Improved sightlines in the Arthur Wait Stand with the removal of the TV gantry, and improved concourses.
- Redevelopment of the upper Whitehorse Lane Boxes into mixed bar/box use.