The board of Cray Wanderers Football Club have received a disappointing and frustrating delay in their pursuit for a home ground to secure a future for the oldest association football club in London.
The board have been made aware that their planning application for a home ground on the site of Flamingo Park, A20 Sidcup By-pass, Chislehurst, BR7 6HL 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).
It is now anticipated that the application will be deferred to the next meeting of the Development Control Committee which unfortunately isn’t until Tuesday 13th March 2018. This two-month delay risks putting the entire project in jeopardy as the land option agreement the club have times-out at the end of the year. Without a home to call their own there is a real chance London’s oldest football club could cease to exist.
The revised planning applications have received over 1,500 letters of support lodged with Bromley Council, and hundreds of the club’s supporters were planning to attend the Committee hearing to show this support.
The new planning application submitted to the London Borough of Bromley Council has been created through pre-application consultation with the London Borough of Bromley Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA).
The club are confident the scheme addresses the Mayor’s previous concerns whilst increasing the greenbelt space and openness of the site. The new application includes:
• A reduction in previously developed land on the site
• A reduction in residential and commercial floor areas
• A reduction in height of buildings (4 storeys to 2 storeys)
• An extra community football pitch
• More Green Belt openness
Gary Hillman, Chairman of Cray Wanderers FC says: “We are disappointed and frustrated by the delay. However, we are convinced Bromley Council and the London Mayor will view the further enhanced community and environmental merits of our scheme in March and give our loyal supporters the home they deserve.
“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.”