As you are hopefully aware, following a lengthy negotiation process over various planning conditions, the Club received formal planning permission in July this year from Hammersmith and Fulham council. This decision was then further approved by the GLA.
As a result, we are keen to start building work as soon as is practicable and are in negotiation with the Port of London authority – who manage the River Thames – to obtain a River works licence.
It is the nature of these major construction projects, especially when it involves the River Thames, in a sensitive residential area, that a number of planning hurdles and regulatory bodies need to be satisfied before work can start.
However, we are very much committed to this scheme which will be a major step forward for the Club.
Craven Cottage has been the home of Fulham Football Club for 115 years.
Over the last few years, we have seen match attendances rise from 9,000 a game in 1997/98 to 25,700 today. For the last three seasons, we have been at capacity.
In that period, we have been improving the facilities at Craven Cottage but have now reached the limits of what we can do without major investment in the ground.
To ensure that the Club can continue to prosper and compete, we need to expand and improve our facilities at Craven Cottage.
The new stand will bring benefits for fans and local residents. It will:
- Substantially improve the visual appearance of the area
- Provide a new riverside walk along the Thames, with facilities such as a riverside café open to the public
- Help manage crowds on match days.