Crystal Palace will have to wait for at least another year before they can start work on redeveloping Selhurst Park.
The Eagles were given the green light by Croydon Council back in 2018 to rebuild the main stand – increasing the capacity from almost 26,000 to around 34,000.
Works were originally thought to have been completed and the new stand ready for use by the start of the 2021-22 season, though several setbacks have meant that date couldn’t be met.
One of the prerequisites of the redevelopment has been the agreement that the club would purchase six homes on Wooderson Close that needed to be knocked down – though this has not yet happened.
The residents in those homes need to be given 12 months’ notice of this, putting a minimum one year delay on the redevelopment until work can begin.
In November 2020, a Section 106 agreement was approved by the council setting out how the Croydon community would benefit from the redevelopment, which includes £100,000 for new cycle lanes and £330,000 for a new controlled parking zone (CPZ).
That agreement still needs to be signed off before the club can purchase the six properties of Wooderson Close.
Then there is the small piece of land that the Eagles need to purchase off of Sainsbury’s, whose supermarket borders the stadium.
Last year, Palace chairman and co-owner Steve Parish accused the supermarket of holding Palace “to ransom” and said that their financial demands were blocking the project from getting off the ground.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands that discussions between Palace and Sainsbury’s are still ongoing.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We are actively engaged with the owners of Crystal Palace FC. We’re listening to their concerns and have shared a proposal which we believe presents a favourable and logical way forward.
“We have always been happy to progress the sale of the land at a fair market value.”
Source by Football London