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Crystal Palace's £100m stadium revamp set for approval

Crystal Palace are set to receive approval for the £100m redevelopment of their Selhurst Park stadium.

The south-east London club wants to redevelop its Main Stand and increase the overall ground capacity from 26,000 to more than 34,000.

Plans also include 550 sq m of restaurant and retail space for stadium.

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park redevelopment Pitch View

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park redevelopment Pitch View

Croydon Council is expected to approve the proposal at a meeting next Thursday, paving the way for the mayor of London to give final approval.

If granted, the club hopes to start work in the next 12 months, with the full redevelopment expected to take around three years.

Construction of the new five-storey, glass-fronted stand and the surrounding redevelopment is expected to cost £75m-£100m.

Crystal Palace said the stand, which opened in 1924, is the oldest in the Premier League and “not fit for purpose” for the club’s administrative and matchday needs.

Changes to the layout will also allow the length of the pitch to be extended by 4 m, giving it the dimensions required for international matches.

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park redevelopment C04 Oblique from north west night

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park redevelopment C04 Oblique from north west night

The club, which is currently sitting just above the relegation zone, has said the redevelopment does not depend on the team staying in the Premier League.

The current Main Stand will stay open during construction “minimising impact on the stadium capacity in the coming seasons”, according to the club.

Almost £500,000 of s106 planning obligations will have to be paid by the club as a condition of receiving approval.

This includes a £187,000 contribution towards construction training schemes and a pledge to use 34 per cent local labour to build the stand.

An earlier consideration of the plans saw councillors raise concerns about the demolition of six houses, five of which are affordable housing. The demolition will now go ahead.

Crystal Palace has proposed building nine residential units as replacements, which the council is in favour of.

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park redevelopment Pitch View Main Stand

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park redevelopment Pitch View Main Stand

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