Fresh bid to build London's oldest football club's new home on Flamingo Park, despite Sadiq Khan's rejection
PUBLISHED: 15:59 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:59 25 August 2017
Developers will be running a consultation event next month
One of the country’s oldest football clubs is preparing a fresh bid to find itself a home, after facing rejection from the mayor of London last year.
Cray Wanderers FC has been playing at Hayes Lane, the home of Bromley FC, since the 1998/1999 season, but an agreement between the clubs is set to come to an end in 2020 amid concerns that the playing surface, used by both clubs and Crystal Palace Ladies FC, is being overused.
Established in 1860, making it London’s oldest club, the Isthmian League South side is hopeful it can build its own stadium at the Flamingo Park site just off the A20 in Chislehurst.
There are already three training pitches based on the land, while a night club and boot fairs also run on site.
Since the club first started more than 150 years ago, it has never owned a ground of its own.
That looked to have changed last year when Bromley council approved plans, backed by 800-letters of support, for a 2,000-seat, three-storey football stadium, 28 flats and parking space for 393 cars on the piece of Green Belt land.
But just weeks after taking his post as mayor, Sadiq Khan threw out the plans, which provided no affordable housing across the two, four-storey apartment blocks proposed.
Mr Khan also warned in 2016 he was “determined to oppose building on the Green Belt”.
More than a year on, the club is developing new proposals, and is running a pre-application consultation before it submits new plans to Bromley council in late September.
While plans are still in development, the club expects to now provide some level of affordable housing, though it has not specified how much, as well as reducing the size of the development’s clubhouse from five storeys to two storeys.
The proposed location of the stadium could also be moved within the site to allow for a greater share of open space.
A public exhibition and consultation on the club’s plans takes place at Flamingo Park on September 8 and 9 from 2pm to 5pm and 11am to 2pm respectively.
Gary Hillman chairman of Cray Wanderers Football Club said: “We welcome anyone who would like to find out more to come along and join us at the exhibition, we will be happy to explain the new scheme, answer any questions and we look forward to receiving feedback from members of the local community.”