Fulham have unveiled proposals for a redevelopment of the former BBC sports ground opposite Motspur Park – which will become the first team’s main training complex.
The club acquired the land in June 2017 and were granted planning permission from Kingston Council, allowing the club to build a ‘satellite training ground’ for the U23 and U18 sides with pitches and temporary buildings while it was decided what would be done with the area in the long-term future.
However, Fulham are now consulting local residents on new plans that will see the former BBC ground become the first team’s main complex, while the existing site at Motspur Park will be continue to be used for the club’s Academy and the Fulham FC Foundation.
The club held consultations for local residents on September 13 and 15 and are currently inviting further comments on the proposed plans, which Fulham hope to submit as a planning application later this year to Kingston Council for planning permission on the site.
Fulham’s proposed plans at this stage would see a new hub of first team operations built on the site, which would include offices and changing areas for both the first team and the U23s.
It would also include a new pool and hydrotherapy area, something the club do not currently have, as well as a gym and rehab and physio areas.
In addition to that, the proposed plans include five full-size pitches, including a stadium pitch with floodlights and undersoil heating, as well as two goalkeeping practice areas.
There would also be a players’ car park, staff car park and public car park included in the new complex, while the current site at Motspur Park, which is located across the road from the former BBC Sports ground, will still be used by the club’s Academy.
The plans for the former BBC training ground are but one of the redevelopments the club are currently undergoing, with planning permission for the redevelopment of the Riverside Stand having been granted earlier this year, with work set to begin next summer.
Residents are being invited by Fulham to give their views of the proposed plans, which will then be taken on board by their design team with the intention of submitting a planning application later this year, and you can do so by filling out the form on the club’s official website.
As yet, there is no timescale set on the redevelopment, with Fulham first consulting residents about their proposed plans before proceeding with their planning application.