Top-flight English soccer side Crystal Palace have been given the green light by Croydon Council to proceed with their UK£100 million stadium redevelopment.
The council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the Premier League team’s proposal, which received close to 4,500 public expressions of support. The club’s application will now be referred to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, whose approval is required before planning permission can be issued.
The project will increase the capacity of the South London club’s Selhurst Park home from 26,000 to more than 34,000. At the heart of the proposal is a complete overhaul of the existing Main Stand, which will be replaced by a new five-storey structure featuring an all-glass front equipped with a central vaulted arch and the team’s Eagle crest.
Palace say they hope to begin work on the new stand at the end of the 2018/19 season with the aim of completion in time for the 2021/22 campaign. The existing Main Stand will remain in full operation throughout the building process, minimising the impact on the stadium’s capacity.
“I am absolutely delighted that Croydon Council has backed our plans for Selhurst Park,” said Palace chairman Steve Parish. “This project will not only transform the stadium, which has been our home since 1924, but it will also have a positive impact on the South London community.
“I wish to thank the lead officer and the councillors for their support tonight, and for all the hard work that has been put in by the council over the last few months to ensure this application was heard so quickly.
“I want to thank everyone who voiced support and those connected to the club who worked so hard over the last few months towards this very important step in the dream of a new Crystal Palace for Crystal Palace.”
Palace are 16th in the Premier League, but are yet to secure their top-flight status for next season. They travel to Vicarage Road to play Watford in their next game on Saturday.