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Crystal Palace FC wants to expand its Beckenham training ground, but there are already objections

PUBLISHED: 11:55 09 August 2017

Part of Crystal Palace's training ground in Beckenham

Part of Crystal Palace's training ground in Beckenham

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The club hopes to improve medical, changing and office facilities

The access road to Crystal Palace's training ground on Copers Cope RoadThe access road to Crystal Palace's training ground on Copers Cope Road

Hopes of expanding Crystal Palace’s Beckenham training ground are being pinned on the decision of Bromley councillors.

The Eagles’ current ground is lagging behind other facilities, with Championship side QPR and Premier League newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion both boasting bigger training sites.

Last year chairman Steve Parish said he was looking for a new training ground, as its academy players use a nearby Goals facility for training.

But that search appears to have ended, as councillors prepare to hear proposals to add a two-storey extension to the ground’s pavilion, which is expected to provide medical, office and changing facilities.

Surrounding single storey offices would be demolished under the proposals.

Hidden behind a row of houses along Copers Cope Road, there are currently just under 60 parking spaces available at the Premier League side’s training ground.

A survey taken during the season revealed the highest number of cars during an average day was 44.

But residents are up in arms over plans to create up to seven more parking spaces, with one writing “There are never that many people on site as it is not a traditional office where employees arrive at the same time.

“The current supply of car parking is more than adequate.”

Dozens more objections have come from nearby residents, who have complained of over-development following work at the Kent County Cricket Ground, which neighbours the training site.

Concerns have been raised that an expansion could threaten Metropolitan Open Land, space which is supposed to be given the utmost protection to prevent urbanisation across the capital.

In 2013, the club bought its training ground outright for £2.3million, deciding it no longer wanted to pay the £200,000 per year rental.

Councillors have been recommended to approve the expansion when they meet on Thursday, August 17.

We have approached Crystal Palace FC for comment.

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