6:03 PM October 14, 2021
8:00 p.m. October 14, 2021
West Ham United facilities are set for renovation after plans for a new training building are given the green light.
A request to build the new facility – which would also see the women’s team adopt the Rush Green site as a base – was submitted to Havering Council in August.
The building permit has since been granted by the local authority, albeit with conditions.
Among these is a condition that construction must begin no later than three years from the date on which the authorization was given.
This is relevant because the building permit to build this training center was granted in June 2018, but the club were unable to move forward due to the impact of Covid-19.
Consequently, the authorization has lapsed, necessitating the new request which has just been granted.
Beyond the emphasis on reorganizing the men’s facilities, a one-story stand-alone structure for the women’s team has been included in the proposal.
A key aspect of the request is that the site is in the green belt, which means the land is protected and can only be built under “very special circumstances”.
Havering’s council authorized the development on the basis of the exception that can be made when the building is intended to provide facilities for sport and outdoor recreation.
The report by authorizing officer Simon Thelwell reads: âThe use of the entire site as a sports ground plays a positive role in achieving the goals of the green belt and, therefore, the provision of a High quality unit to complement / improve existing facilities as part of the continued use of the West Ham Football Club site is considered acceptable in principle. “
Another condition is that construction work can only take place at fixed times six days a week (8 am-6pm weekdays, 8 am-1pm Saturdays).
According to demand, construction will begin in November before being completed in September 2022.