STADIUM NEWS AND UPDATES

PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Football’s a step closer to coming home!!!

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.

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.

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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.

For those that missed last night’s interview on London Live…

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London’s Oldest Football Club’s future rests in Mayor Khan’s hands

Monday 22nd October 2018

“Cray Wanderers FC, London’s oldest Football Club, are pleased to announce their Planning Application to build a new home ground at Flamingo Park has been approved by Bromley Council and referred to Mayor Sadiq Khan, who will now be responsible for deciding its fate.”

“CWFC have consulted extensively with Bromley Council, local residents and the GLA over the last four years to provide the Club, its 14 teams and Community Scheme with a home ground. If the new ground is not approved, it may threaten the Club’s very existence, due to the end of a ground-sharing arrangement.”

“Overall support for CWFC’s plans has been overwhelming across all political parties, and Mayor Khan is now faced with the decision to approve the plans, or allow the current landlord to continue trading with unauthorised uses for waste disposal, disruptive boot fairs and a new licensed Lap Dancing Club, without any provision of community or sporting facilities, which is the site’s legal use.”

“CWFC urge Mayor Khan, within his 14-day referral period, to champion the scheme that will provide eight sporting pitches, a stadium, and a purpose-built Community Hub, to benefit sports fans of all ages into the future.”

PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE

Friday 18th May 2018

Although the Club had anticipated a decision regarding the application to build a new home ground and community facilities on the site of Flamingo Park by this point, the Greater London Authority (GLA) have had queries regarding aspects of the scheme. These include the energy statement and 106 agreements. The Club and their planning consultants are working to answer all of these to enable the GLA to make their final decision regarding the application.

The GLA have also asked for clarification of the current use of the site and the square meterage of developed land, therefore to accompany the response we have created the below video, including drone footage, to show the site and highlight its current usage.

Gary Hillman, Chairman of Cray Wanderers FC “I thank our supporters for their patience, and please rest assured we are closely liaising with the GLA to provide the clarifications they have requested. We hope to be in the position for the GLA to revert a decision by the end of June”

It is important that we continue the positive momentum through this extended period and we therefore ask you to please follow the link below to email your support to the Mayor and other politicians.
Please feel free to pass on to family, friends and colleagues!

Click here to help support us to secure a home of our own

PLANNING APPLICATION UPDATE

Friday 20th April 2018

A huge thank you to everyone that joined us to deliver the letters of support to City Hall last week, and to all those who have kindly sent or signed letters of support to the Mayor and the other key politicians at City Hall.

The event was a big success and if you haven’t already, click here to watch the London Live TV coverage of the day.

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UPDATE: The GLA have requested clarification of some items within our energy statement, we have our planning team working on this and are hoping this will be completed ready for submission early next week. We have been informed that it is not until City Hall are in receipt of this requested document that the 14 days decision clock will start ticking.

It is important that we continue the positive momentum through this extended period and we therefore ask that, if you haven’t already, to please follow the link below to email your support to the Mayor and other politicians.

We will keep you updated with progress as we know it!

Click here to help support us secure a home of our own

CRAY WANDERERS SUPPORTERS GATHER TO DELIVER
OVER A THOUSAND LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO CITY HALL

Friday 13th April 2018

Cray Wanderers Football Club delivered over a thousand letters of support for their revised planning application to build a new ground, community facilities and affordable housing on the site of Flamingo Park, Sidcup By Pass Road, Chislehurst to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London at City Hall yesterday.

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The revised scheme to build a home ground, community facilities and 42 new 100% affordable housing units on the site has huge local support. The new proposal again was approved locally by Bromley Council on the 13th March by an overwhelming cross-party support of 11 to 3 and has now been referred to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for ratification.

The Club submitted a previous application for the site of Flamingo Park back in 2016, this was approved locally by Bromley Council however was later refused by the Mayor. Instead of fighting the public enquiry the Club decided to withdraw and to instead submit a new proposal addressing all the Mayors previous concerns. The new scheme has been created through consultation with the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Greater London Authority and in comparison to the previous scheme features;

• A reduction in developed area on the site •

• A reduction in residential and commercial floor areas •

• A reduction in height of buildings •

• An extra community football pitch •

• More Green Belt openness •

• 100% affordable/social housing •

There Club have received widespread support for the scheme, including from The Football Foundation, the Kent FA, Sport London, local residents, fellow football clubs, local cross-party Councillors, our constituency MP, local schools, resident’s associations and community groups. Almost 600 people wrote to Bromley Council in support of the application and today more than 1,000 additional support letters were delivered to Sadiq Khan, James Murray, Jules Pipe and Fiona Twycross.

Gary Hillman, CWFC’s chairman said “I hope the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, can appreciate the technical merits of the revised scheme and recognises the strength of positive feeling from our community towards the benefits that our proposals would deliver. We urge the Mayor to champion our cause and grant approval for the application which has already been approved by overwhelming cross-party support by the local Bromley Councillors.

I would also like to sincerely thank our incredible fans and our local and footballing community for their incredible support through the last 12 years of planning applications.”

 

Click the London Live logo below to watch the video

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CALLING ALL FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS!

Friday 6th April 2018

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We have now had notification that the Flamingo Park planning application has been referred to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan who is required to respond with a decision within 14 days.

We feel it is important he, and other key politicians at City Hall, appreciate the community support for the scheme and have been asking supporters, the footballing community, friends and family to compose letters of support to Mayor Khan, Jules Pipe, James Murray and Fiona Twycross.

We will be delivering the hundreds of letters collected so far to City Hall on Thursday 12th April at 12pm. We will be joined by London Live TV who will be reporting on and filming the event and we need you to join us if you can!
We will be meeting inside London Bridge Station (outside the ‘Leon’ restaurant) from 11.30am to walk down to City Hall together at 12pm sharp. 

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All the football community is welcome to attend to support us
and wearing club colours is welcome!

CRAY WANDERERS FC ARE A STEP CLOSER TO
FINALLY HAVING A HOME TO CALL THEIR OWN

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Cray Wanderers Football Club were last night, successfully granted planning approval by Bromley Councillors (subject to conditions and the London Mayor’s final approval) for their application to build a new ground, community facilities and affordable housing on the site of Flamingo Park, Sidcup By Pass Road, Chislehurst.

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Bromley Council’s Development Control Committee voted in favour of the scheme by an overwhelming cross-party majority of 11 to 3, after a presentation from Club Chairman, Gary Hillman and written support from local resident’s associations and The Football Foundation on behalf of the FA, amongst others.


The application received great support from the local community, with over 570 registered comments of support from local residents and few objections, alongside support from many of the local resident associations and community groups. Over 100 supporters of the scheme attended the hearing to show their support for the application.


This decision will now be referred to the London Mayor for ratification and is subject to completion of a legal agreement (s106) and planning conditions to be agreed with the Council.


Gary Hillman, CWFC’s chairman said “This is a fantastic result for Cray Wanderers and for the wider football community. I have been completely taken aback by the by the huge response to the decision, my phone and social media hasn’t stopped since the approval was given and we have received support from other clubs all over London who have recognised out struggle over the years to find a home.

I would like to sincerely thank Bromley’s Planning Committee for appreciating the community benefits and genuine common sense of our revised scheme to finally provide Cray Wanderers FC with a home, I would also like to thank the incredible fans and Bromley residents for all of their support.

There are over 2 million people that are directly and indirectly involved in Football in London so to have the future of London’s oldest football club secure, especially in an area which hasn’t seen any real investment in football or other sporting facilities over the years is a huge positive.

We have listened to the Mayor’s previous comments and the new scheme now features 100% affordable housing and a reduction in the scale and amount of development on the site, which we believe now meets all of the Mayors’ criteria and will positively support his housing targets and help the local community with much needed affordable housing.

We hope the London Mayor will now also be able to see the fantastic merits of the scheme, and will feel this revised application, which addresses all of his previous concerns, will be of benefit to the community, returning a disused piece of land to community sporting use.

I am writing to the Mayor and would like to extend an invitation to visit the site to help appreciate the schemes benefits and to meet to finalise the details and conditions, so we are able to begin the project to provide this fantastic facility to the community.”

FLAMINGO PARK PLANNING APPLICATION
DECISION DATE CONFIRMED FOR : TUESDAY 13TH MARCH

Tuesday 6th March 2018

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The London Borough of Bromley Council have confirmed that Cray Wanderers’ planning application to build a home ground and community facilities of the site of Flamingo Park, will be heard at the Development Control Committee next week.

Location: Bromley Civic Centre
Date: Tuesday 13th March
Time: 7.30pm

Please come along to the meeting to show your support !

STADIUM PLANNING UPDATE

15th January 2018

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The board of Cray would like to update all our supporters from far and wide, we have been made aware that the planning application for Flamingo Park is no longer able to be heard at the Thursday 18th January Development Control Committee hearing as the London Borough of Bromley are awaiting a delayed Stage 1 report from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The next committee hearing date, at which the application can be heard is not until 13th March 2018.

Gary Hillman, Chairman of Cray Wanderers FC say “We are disappointed and frustrated by the delay however would like to thank the many supporters who have now registered their support for the scheme with Bromley Council. I have written to the Mayor today to state the urgency of the matter and the importance of receiving the delayed Stage 1 report as soon as possible.”

We understand many our supporters were planning to attend the Thursday hearing and we would therefore like to advise everyone not to make the unnecessary journey, and please instead note Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm in your diaries.

FOOTBALLING & PLANNING LAUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA

Saturday 9th December 2017 @ 12pm-3pm

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To celebrate and support the new application, Cray Wanderers Football Club are hosting a footballing and planning launch extravaganza event before the scheduled home league match vs Hythe Town and there is FREE ADMISSION to the game for all!

 

  • Kids training with the First Team on the pitch (until 1:30pm)
  • Bouncy castle
  • Exhibition of the plans for the new stadium

 

When?

Saturday 9th December 2017 @ 12pm-3pm

Where?

Bromley Football Club, Hayes Lane, Bromley, BR2 9EF

CRAY NEEDS YOU… HELP US FINALLY GET A HOME
Friday 10th November 2017

The revised planning application has now been validated and is available to comment online. Cray Wanderers FC need to call on your support, please click on the link below to register your comments of support for the scheme

PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND PILOT TRANSPORT STUDY
Friday 15th September 2017

Cray Wanderers FC Public Exhibition of their New Planning Appplication, Flamingo Park Sidcup Bypass - September 09 2017 (Photo: Jon Hilliger / HilligerPix)

In the continued pursuit of securing a home ground and future for the oldest association football club in London, Cray Wanderers FC hosted an exhibition and public consultation of their proposed new planning application on the 7th,8th & 9th September 2017.

The exhibition was held on the proposed Flamingo Park site, A20 Sidcup by-pass, Chislehurst, BR7 6HL, whereby visitors could view the scheme on the potential site.

The revised scheme has been created through pre application consultation with the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA). The exhibition was an opportunity for local councillors, MP’s, residents associations, club supporters, sporting bodies and residents to understand the new plans and discuss their thoughts and comments ensuring the whole community has had the opportunity to comment before the plans are finalised and submitted.

 

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Gary Hillman, Chairman of Cray Wanderers FC (Left) with Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst (Right)

The club also conducted a successful pilot transport study on Saturday 9th September, collecting club supporters from Cray and Orpington and transporting them to Flamingo Park by coach to view the exhibition before taking them on to the home game against Chipstead at Bromley FC.

“We would like to thank everyone that took the time to join us at the public consultation, providing their thoughts, feedback and comments. The support of the local community was overwhelming and we are now looking forward to submitting the application with Bromley in the coming weeks.” – Gary Hillman, Chairman of Cray Wanderers Football Club.

 

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Pilot Transport Study – Coach arrival at the Exhibition

PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND PILOT TRANSPORT STUDY
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September 2017

The club would like to invite you, your friends, family and colleagues to an exhibition and public consultation of the revised scheme for a home ground on the site of Flamingo Park, A20 Sidcup-bypass, Chislehurst, BR7 6HL, prior to its planned submission later in September.

The revised scheme has been created through pre application consultation with the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA), and the board feel satisfies all of their raised concerns alongside those of the Mayor.

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The exhibition is open to the public on Friday 8th September, 2pm-5pm and Saturday 9th September 11am-2pm.

The club will also be conducting a pilot transport study on Saturday 9th September, collecting club supporters from Cray and Orpington transporting them to Flamingo Park by minibus to view the exhibition before taking them on to the home game at Bromley FC.

Please click here to view the information poster

NEWS UPDATE
Thursday 13th April 2017

Cray Wanderers FC Update: First Pictures of Green Belt Friendly Stadium.

Cray Wanderers FC have today released first pictures of their Green Belt Friendly stadium to address the Mayors Concerns.

The new design introduces an extra football pitch and reduces the height of the stadium and buildings from 4/5 storeys to 2/3 storeys.

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Image: Overall site plan

 

Chairman Gary Hillman says “Following the refusal of our original scheme by The Mayor we have looked at various ways to meet the criteria and to keep the openness of the Green Belt. Many members of the public have commented that there is an existing large 5 storey high nightclub/residential building and scaffold yard currently on the site and have been shocked by The Mayors decision, but we know it is vital to address his concerns.”

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“We have therefore rotated the stadium and reduced the height considerably which is now below the height of the existing building and also the excessive tons of landfill earth which was permitted to be tipped a few years ago on the golf driving range neighbouring us.

As you can see by the quick site comparison, the new stadium is now approx. 6 m below the existing building and 3 m below the landfill earth.”

 

 

Image: Current Buildings

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Image:  Site comparison to current buildings & landfills

 

“We have now employed Specialist Consultants to carry out an exact ‘Design and Massing’ study of the buildings and site to demonstrate that our new proposal will have no impact of the openness of the Green Belt on the site, which will be a vital part of our new planning application.”

NEWS UPDATE
Friday 24th March 2017

Cray Wanderers FC planning team met with the GLA at city hall on Thursday 23rd March 2017 for a pre-application planning meeting to discuss their new revised scheme, which they now feel addresses the reasons why The Mayor directed London Borough of Bromley Council to refuse the previous application.

The new proposal now has –

  • A reduction in previously developed land on the site
  • A reduction in residential and commercial floor areas
  • A reduction in height of buildings
  • An extra community football pitch
  • More Green Belt openness

Gary Hillman, chairman said “We were delighted with how the meeting went and it was good to go into depth of all aspects of our proposal and the very special circumstances that the club has put forward.

Although the site currently has a five storey building, scaffold yard, and other unsightly developments, because it is classified as Green Belt we need to respect this and deal with all issues that this brings in planning terms.

Therefore, with the new lower height massing of the buildings we are demonstrating that we can improve the openness of the green belt and at the same time bring in a much needed facilities for the club and all the community.

We are pleased with The Mayor’s plans to make London ‘The Sporting Capital of the World’ and has proven this with his positive decisions with AFC Wimbledon and Chelsea FC’s new stadium.

So as London’s oldest Football Club needing a ground for their very survival we are hoping that he doesn’t forget about the grass roots of football.”

Cray Wanderers FC are looking to submit this new application within 4-6 weeks.

KENTISH FOOTBALL
Sunday 19th March 2017

“I want to see Cray Wanderers at their own ground, says promotion winning goalscorer Simon Osborn.

A FORMER Premier League footballer has condemned London Mayor Sadiq Khan for putting London’s oldest football club’s future at risk.

Cray Wanderers were founded back in 1860 but their very own future is at risk over the London Mayor continually knocking back the club’s proposals to build a new stadium in Chislehurst…”

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NEWS UPDATE
Friday 17th March 2017

Cray Wanderers Football Club (CWFC) submitted a planning application in early 2016 to Bromley Council to build a new home ground and community facilities on the site of Flamingo Park, A20 Sidcup by-pass, Chislehurst, BR7 6HL. The application was approved by Bromley Council in April 2016, however upon referral was later refused by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and subsequently became the subject of a public inquiry following the Secretary of State’s call-in decision.

The mayor has allocated and authorised £145,000 to fight the public inquiry, proving their resolve and resistance to our previous scheme. Upon legal advice, we have decided not to fight this battle and have therefore withdrawn from the public enquiry to instead approach our quest through a new proposal. The new scheme has been created through consultation with the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA), and the Board aims to submit a new application within the next four to six weeks.

“What initially appears as a setback is a progressive step to work with the council, the mayor and the GLA to satisfy their planning concerns, but as importantly, to finally deliver our committed fans and loyal supporters a home for the oldest football club in London.” – Gary Hillman, Chairman of Cray Wanderers Football Club.

LATEST NEWS RELEASE
Wednesday 6th July 2016

Cray’s planning decision to be reviewed by the Secretary of State
We are pleased to say that the Secretary of State, Greg Clarke, has now called-in Cray Wanderers’ planning application for Flamingo Park to determine the decision after Sadiq Khan had recommended to London Borough of Bromley to refuse the scheme.


Further to Bromley’s approval of the scheme, Peter Dean, Committee chairman said “The irony of this latest twist is not lost on us and we remain comfortable with our decision.”


Local MP Bob Neill, who has supported the application throughout, opinion of Sadiq Khan’s decision has been summarised in his press release “This is a real boost for Cray Wanderers’ application. It means that it will now get a fair and unbiased hearing before an independent planning inspector, and would also suggest that ministers and officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government share the concerns many of us have raised that the Mayor of London has overturned this application for the wrong reasons.”


We have been advised to anticipate a date for the enquiry shortly and to get a decision within 6 months.

We understand the frustration this has caused our 14 teams, parents, community scheme and supporters alike, but remain passionately committed to delivering our goal which has always been to create a sporting flagship facility for Bromley and the community.

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LATEST NEWS: 23rd June 2016

Cray Wanderers and the Community are understandably disappointed by the Mayors current opinion of their proposal. Pending the conclusion of the Secretary of State referral and the official determination of the planning application, the club will not be making any further comment to the press at this time

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Cray Wanderers Football Club were successfully granted approval (subject to conditions) for their application to build a multi-purpose stadium on Flamingo Park, Sidcup By Pass Road, Chislehurst.

Bromley Council’s planning committee voted in favour of the scheme by a comfortable majority, after a presentation from Bob Mcquillan and written support from Bob Neil MP, Sport England, the FA and London Sport, amongst many others. This decision will now be referred to the London Mayor and the Secretary of State for ratification and is subject to planning conditions to be proposed by the Council.

Assuming the above criteria is met, this decision will finally result in an outstanding stadium, community regeneration scheme and long awaited home for London’s oldest football club.

Gary Hillman, CWFC’s chairman said,

“I want to thank Bromley’s planning committee for appreciating the community benefits and genuine common sense of our scheme to finally provide Cray Wanderers FC with a home, I would equally thank the incredible support from fans and Bromley residents to make our dream a reality”

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More news coming soon…