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Fulham Get Green Light For Stadium Redevelopment Plans

Mon 30th Jul 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Fulham Football Club have been granted planning permission to redevelop the Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage Stadium following a planning hearing at London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

The plans will include extensive refurbishment to the Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage with the addition of 4300 seats to increase the ground’s capacity to 30,000, and enhance the matchday facilities for fans. A major benefit to the community will be the opening of the riverside walk from Putney to Hammersmith for the first time in recent history.

 Alistair Mackintosh, CEO of Fulham Football Club said: "This is extremely exciting news and we are all delighted with this outcome.

“Craven Cottage is synonymous with Fulham FC and it is vital that the club is given every opportunity to develop the facilities available to ensure that it can continue to prosper and compete, and remain at its home for the long term.

“I am confident that an increased capacity and major improvements to the facilities can help us deliver the Chairman’s vision of long term growth and self sustainability for this football club."

As well as increasing the stadium’s capacity, the planning consent will allow for the partial demolition and rebuild of the western ends of the Putney and Hammersmith stands, including installation of new seats and the removal of two floodlight masts. 

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, said: “Craven Cottage is the historic home of Fulham Football Club and this modest expansion, which will be carried out in a sensitive and sensible way, will allow the club to remain competitive in the top tier of English football while removing the existing, rather ugly, Riverside Stand. Our residents will also enjoy a series of community benefits such as an opened up river walk and improvements at Bishops Park.

“We are the only borough in Britain to be the home to three top-flight football clubs and we are keen to work with all of them to get the best deal for our residents.”

The council said it received 600 representations to its consultation on the proposals with 453 in support of the development, 145 against and 2 with no comments.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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