Plans for an upgrade to the approved new buiilding and pitch layout at Charlton's Sparrows Lane training ground were the subject of correspondence between the club, its advisor and Greenwich Council over the summer, as disclosed in VOTV114.
The proposal is understood to include expanding the main building to five floors, which would include a basement swimming pool and hostel accommodation, in addition to the current facilities for the first team, academy, community scheme and partners.
The club has yet to announce any start date for the existing project and Voice of The Valley understands that the external funding may not be in place. The scheme was originally conceived, under the previous Charlton ownership, to involve no capital commitment by the football club.
An expended scheme would be likely to require a substantial contribution from new owner Roland Duchatelet, who tabled the additional elements. However, the site is metropolitan open space and both the idea of a larger and therefore more prominent building and an element of residential accommodation on site are likely to prove controversial in planning terms. If approved amd built out they would, nevertheless, represent a significant statement by the club's Belgian owner.
Read the full email exchange as obtained by VOTV through an FOI request to Greenwich made at the end of July.
Request for information RFI/07451Thank you for your email dated 31st July 2014 in which you asked:Under the auspices of the FOI Act 2000, I request that you provide me with the following:Any information as to whether the council has provided formal or informal pre-planning advice in relation to any variation to the proposed development at the Charlton Athletic training ground, Sparrows Lane, New Eltham, subsequent to the granting of permission for the scheme considered by the council’s planning board on May 6th, 2014, and specifically in relation to any extension to the scheme (not simply the green roof and the traffic management arrangements as discussed by the board); whether meetings have taken place between the council and CAFC or its representatives on such matters, and any detail recorded by the council or correspondence relating to these matters which can properly be disclosed under the legislation.I can confirm that no formal or informal pre application advice was provided by the Royal Borough. Please find attached a copy of the requested correspondence.