A controversial scheme to develop Fuham Football Club's Craven Cottage ground is still set to start next summer despite the team's relegation from the Premier League.

Sources at the club had earlier indicated that the timetable for expansion which ran into opposition from Thames boaters would depend on league survival.

But this week a club spokesperson said at the moment the aim was still to go ahead with the development in the close season in 2015 despite relegation to the Championship.

The scheme involves rebuilding the Riverside stand and extending out into the river where a new walkway will be built.

The final hurdle was a PLA river works licence to enable reconstruction of the Riverside stand which has now been granted. A relevant consent from the Marine Management Organisation had earlier been granted.

The club said: "Fulham received planning consent for this development in July 2013, subject to the licence being obtained. The club is now in a position to commence with a projected timetable for the development.

"One of the key considerations of the Port of London Authority in granting the licence is the club’s commitment to the opening up of the river walkway to enable it to be enjoyed by the local community and the general public for the first time in recent history."

As reported by River Thames News back in 2012 nearby sailing clubs objected to the scheme because it involved extending out into the river. They said the size of the new stand would ruin sailing on the reach.

Story dated May 8th 2014


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