Fulham F.C. submits planning application

Fulham Football Club has this week submitted a planning application to increase capacity at home ground, Craven Cottage, from 25,700 to 30,000.

The club wants to develop the Riverside Stand and other improvements to the ground, which has been the Barclays Premier League club's home since 1896. The application also outlines plans to open up the Thames River path walk from Hammersmith to Putney.

Fulham F.C. will hold exhibitions on January 25th and 28th to showcase the final design that has been submitted, but the club does not yet at this stage have more details about the exhibitions.

There is no date yet for when it is due to come before the council’s planning application committee and the documents are due to be published on the council’s website www.lbhf.gov.uk/planning in the next week, when the application is officially validated by the council.

Residents will be able to view the plans online, at Fulham F.C.’s own exhibitions or by visiting Hammersmith Town Hall. A statutory public consultation will last for 21 working days and allow residents and local businesses to make their views known to the council.

H&F Council held a planning forum on December 7th, 2011 followed by a design review panel on December 13th on the scheme.

Greg Hands M.P. said: "I met the Club before Christmas to discuss these plans, and there are clearly some advantages for local residents in the proposals, especially reconnecting the river walk. However, I also look forward to the Club consulting widely on the plans, and any of my constituents with a view should contact the Council and me."