Cray Wanderers FC have taken a significant step forward to securing planning permission to build a home to call their own.
Cray Wanderers Football Club (CWFC) last night received the long-awaited news that Mayor Sadiq Khan had approved their application to build a new ground, community facilities and enabling development on the site of Flamingo Park, Sidcup By Pass Road, Chislehurst.
CGI of the proposed scheme
The fantastic news that the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Mayor Sadiq Khan, after consideration, were content to allow Bromley Council to determine the application itself, came through late yesterday afternoon.
The club has been homeless since 1973, since then being forced to ground share at Oxford Road in Sidcup and, more recently, at Hayes Lane in Bromley. This application is the most recent chapter of a 12-year long struggle to find a home for the World’s Second Oldest Football Club.
Bromley Council’s Development Control Committee voted in favour of the scheme by an overwhelming cross-party majority of 11 to 3 in March 2018, and received great support from the local community, with over 570 registered comments of support from local residents, resident associations and community groups.
The draft legal agreement (s106) and planning conditions were then drawn up between Bromley and the Club, before the application was referred to the London Mayor for ratification earlier this month.
The GLA noted that in addition to the support received by Bromley Council, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for planning had received over 1,000 letters of support from individuals and organisations. The application is now subject to final sign off by the Secretary of State and of the s106.
Gary Hillman, CWFC’s chairman, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted with the tremendous news our application has the support of the Mayor, it has been a very long road to get to this point and a real team effort!
“Although we still need to wait for final Secretary of State sign off, yesterday’s news is a huge step towards securing the future of the club today and into the future.
“I can’t begin to thank everyone who has been involved and has supported the dream of securing a home to call our own: the planning team, the incredible fans, Bromley residents, schools, local councillors, Bob Neill MP and the entire footballing community.”
Subject to the Secretary of State’s sign off, the board of CWFC are working towards finalising the paperwork and preparing to start works in April/May 2019, expecting the stadium to be open and ready for the start of 2021 season.
LEFT: Application supporters delivering letters of support to City Hall in support of the application on 12th April 2018. RIGHT: Cray Wanderers FC 1st team with Chairman, Gary Hillman, on the site of their new home – Flamingo Park