Council officers support Crystal Palace’s plans to redevelop Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace plans to redevelop their Selhurst Park stadium edged a step closer after Croydon Council officers recommended the proposals are given the go-ahead.

The final decision on the scheme – which would see the Premier League club rebuild the main stand and increase capacity from 26,000 to 34,000 – will be made at a planning committee meeting next Thursday (April 19th).

But, according to the Croydon Advertiser, documents released ahead of the meeting have suggested the vote should go the club’s way after officers recommended that planning permission be granted, provided that Palace pay for a host of infrastructure improvements in the area, and foots the bill for rebuilding six homes due to be demolished in Wooderson Close.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) were also in support of improvements to the Main Stand, as long as there is a strategy to re-house those who are affected and the club’s plan for travel arrangements is strengthened.

And the proposals have now been backed by the Premier League too. A statement said: “The proposed new development will not only allow some overdue modernisation to take place but will contribute significantly to the club, its fans, its employees and contractors, the local community and the local economy.”