Leak shows owner had Valley valued for housing

A detailed document supplied anonymously to Voice of The Valley and a variety of other Charlton sources today (May 31st) appears to prove that the club had the stadium site professionally assessed for redevelopment as residential accommodation early last year.

 

The report, which says it was commisisoned for Charlton Athletic Holdings Limited, sister company of Charlton Athletic Football Club, specifically refers to land "currently used as a car park for use by directors, corporate and fan members on match days and throughout the year. There are 250 car parking spaces, which are not all fully utilised..."

 

Pedder, a development consultancy based in Crystal Palace, concluded that a new two-bedroom flat in Floyd Road would attract a sale value of £325,000, while a three-bedroom flat on the site could fetch £495,000.

 

The document appears to be genuine although it does not include details of an actual development plan for the site. It is mostly concerned with the local context, including Greenwich Council's planning policies. 

 

It seems unlikely the council would allow the club to redevelop the car park for residential use without adequate replacement parking provision for fans and visitors, especially on matchdays. However, sale values applying to the car park would also be likely to apply to other parts of the stadium.

 

VOTV has previously revealed that chief operating office Tony Keohane visited Leyton Orient with a Dutch-speaking architect around the same time as the report is dated to look at how they have incorporated residential development into their stadium.

 

The leak appears to underpin the view that Duchatelet may in future look to sell off a substantial part of the ground - if not all of it - for residential development. However, it does not show how far any such plan has proceeded in the intervening period, if at all.

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The pain and the glory - Wembley 19 years on

Getting in the mood at Wembley in May 1998

It's play-off final time again - and naturally every longstanding Charlton fan's memory turns to Wembley 1998. We shouldn't overlook, however, that on May 29th, 1987 - 30 years ago this May Bank Holiday Monday - Lennie Lawrence's Addicks beat Leeds United 2-1 after extra-time to stay in the First Division. There was no trophy, no Wembley and the inaugural two-legged play-off final was being replayed on the neutral ground of Birmingham City at four days' notice. Yet it mattered to Charlton very much.

 

Here, though, are JONATHAN MILLER's thoughts on May 25th, 1998 - another day to remember!

Why Robinson still has a £3m summer headache

The 2016/17 season may be over and few players are left out of contract, but Karl Robinson has far from a clean slate as he plans for the new campaign.

 

RICK EVERITT examines how the heavy cost of past mistakes by other people is likely to constrain the Charlton manager as he looks ahead to 2017/18.

 

Read the full story here.

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Thanks to our readers during the 2016/17 season

With the 2016/17 campaign now at an end, we'd like to thank all our readers in print and online for their support, as well as our contributors and sellers. Despite a 29 per cent fall in official attendances at The Valley (and probably a bigger drop in real numbers), sales held up amazingly well during what was largely a dismal League One campaign - in part because we currently have an all-time record number of subscribers. We'll be back in print in August to begin what will be Voice of The Valley's 30th anniversary year. Gulp!

And finally the good news: Powell in VOTV135

The eighth and final Voice of The Valley of the 2016/17 season features ex-Charlton manager CHRIS POWELL as guest of honour in its pages, five years after he led the Addicks out of League One. He's been talking to Matt Wright.

 

In fact, it's a double celebration issue, as John Ingram also looks back at the 1974/75 promotion campaign. Meanwhile, Rick Everitt reports from the Unity Protest in Belgium and Kyle Andrews gives his verdict on Karl Robinson. Plus all the usual features and more in the last VOTV until August. 

 

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Voice of The Valley 135 (April/May 2017)

The April issue is now available to order for delivery to UK addresses. Copies will be mailed first class. Please do not use his widget for more than one copy of VOTV135, as postage will not be calculated correctly. The widget for multiple copies is in the left-hand column.

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You can now order a copy of Rick Everitt's Battle for The Valley for the bargain price of £9 (including P&P to a UK address) below - or £6 if you are one of our new or existing subscribers. 

 

First published in 1991, the 320-page book (32 completely new) was reissued in 2014 with extra chapters covering the build-up to return to The Valley in December 1992, as well as the great day itself, whch now features in full colour.

 

This £6 offer is exclusive to current VOTV subscribers and we will verify your details against our database before dispatch. If your're not a current subscriber, you still can order a copy here.

 

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