Work and Money
Artists Impression, The Valley
Charlton Stadium redevelopment in doubt
Matthew Cooke, BBC London
A row between Greenwich Council and Charlton Athletic Football Club could see dreams of an extended 31,000 seater Valley Stadium delayed even further
Planning consent to transform The Valley stadium into a 31,000 seater venue was given back in 2005 - but, a new row over the club's plans to build flats at the back of the site could 'derail' the entire project.
The Club says the local authority refused to remove a condition which meant the new flats would have to be used by Charlton - and not sold to members of the public.
'Denied the opportunity'
Peter Varney conceded they'd "received planning permission for the general east stand development." But, referring to the flats said "we do not wish to be denied the opportunity to sell the properties on a leasehold basis in the future."
"When council members visited the site, I believe everyone was impressed not only by the plans, but more importantly by proposed improvements to the Lansdowne Mews roadway and road lighting."
"Poor living environment"
Greenwich Council who granted permission for the overall redevelopment in June 2005 said removing the conditions on the new flats would 'result in a use that is not ancillary nor environmentally compatible with the existing land use of the stadium."
They suggested this "would give rise to a poor living environment by reason of poor outlook and noise and disturbance, thereby detrimental to the amenities of future occupiers."
A spokesperson for Charlton Athletic said they would be unable to provide any dates for project completion.
Artist impression, a 40,000 seater venue
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Peter Varney is set to leave the club for personal reasons on June 30th 2008. His departure is only set to further delay the progression of the ambitious project that has already taken nearly half a decade.
last updated: 07/03/2008 at 12:59