Multi million pound plans to revamp Selhurst Park – the home of Crystal Palace football club – could bring major investment and jobs to Thornton Heath.
Plans will be submitted to Croydon Council in January and, subject to planning permission being granted, work would begin in the next 12 months and take three years to complete.
MP Steve Reed, said.: “It’s exciting that Crystal Palace want to create a world- class stadium and bring investment and jobs to our community.”
He added: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a stadium the whole of Croydon can be proud of, but it must be done with the consent and support of the club’s neighbours in Thornton Heath an South Norwood.”
The centrepiece of the planned redevelopment is a new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front – a homage to the club’s earliest days when it stood in the shadows of the original Crystal Palace.
A central vaulted arch, with the famous eagle crest, has been designed as a reminder of the iconic 1851 Exhibition Hall and eagle wings flank the 41-metre structure and increase capacity from 26,000 to more than 34,000 .
Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish, Parish added: “We are creating a new home worthy of our Club, our supporters and our community, and a celebration of our 112 years in South London”.