Watford FC's East Stand gets planners' backing

Watford Observer: Watford FC's East Stand gets planners' backing Watford FC's East Stand gets planners' backing

Proposals to build a new 2,600 seat East Stand at Vicarage Road have moved a step closer to being realised after Watford planning officials recommended them for approval.

Borough council planning officers said the new stand would not have any significant impact on the area and could help reduce noise coming from the stadium.

Politicians on the council’s development control committee will have the final say on the plans next Thursday.

Watford FC is currently in the process of demolishing the old derelict East Stand in anticipation of building the new one.

In a report to the committee, officials said Watford FC’s plans included provisions to expand the stand to 5,000 seats in the future.

The club’s plans showed the new East Stand would be made of a steel frame with concrete seating decking and a cantilevered roof, which will be clad in metal sheeting.

The structure will also include players’ changing rooms, club offices and an area for spectators in wheelchairs.

The original East Stand was built in 1922 and extended in 1969, but has not been in use for fans for a number of seasons.

Planning officials noted the council had granted permission for two other East Stand developments that were never realised.

These included plans for a 4,289 seat stand granted in April 2002 and then a 5,000 seat structure in May 2008. Permission for the last project was renewed again in April 2011.

The report said the new stand will be built on the same footprint of the old one and extend an additional 20m to the north over an area of unused terracing.

Officials said the new structure "will be a significant improvement over the appearance of the existing stand."

They later added: "The proposed stand will give a greater degree of enclosure to this side of the stadium and therefore may reduce to some degree the levels of noise experienced in the residential areas to the east of the stadium."

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12:42pm Fri 6 Dec 13

MainStandShambles says...

Hurrah! My long held dream to see paying spectators on the Main Stand side looks like coming true. A four sided ground at long last, that should help the atmosphere. There have been so many false starts to this saga.

Just one thought.........i've had this moniker for so long now will it become redundant? Will i have to find a new name? Oooh, i think i need to lie down!
Hurrah! My long held dream to see paying spectators on the Main Stand side looks like coming true. A four sided ground at long last, that should help the atmosphere. There have been so many false starts to this saga. Just one thought.........i've had this moniker for so long now will it become redundant? Will i have to find a new name? Oooh, i think i need to lie down! MainStandShambles

1:50pm Fri 6 Dec 13

watford1881 says...

Why had this not already been sorted.. What if they'd have said no??
Why had this not already been sorted.. What if they'd have said no?? watford1881

5:06pm Fri 6 Dec 13

JimBob1 says...

watford1881 wrote:
Why had this not already been sorted.. What if they'd have said no??
Sorted when? The decision to build it was only taken in the summer. Given the club has a hefty precedent for permission to build a new stand this smaller one was never really in doubt. And don't forget any planning applicant can seek advice from the council ahead of submitting a formal application to ensure what goes in is no surprise.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Why had this not already been sorted.. What if they'd have said no??[/p][/quote]Sorted when? The decision to build it was only taken in the summer. Given the club has a hefty precedent for permission to build a new stand this smaller one was never really in doubt. And don't forget any planning applicant can seek advice from the council ahead of submitting a formal application to ensure what goes in is no surprise. JimBob1

6:09pm Fri 6 Dec 13

demerit says...

watford1881 wrote:
Why had this not already been sorted.. What if they'd have said no??
Precisely! I couldn't believe this article. I am informed that the piling work has already started! Surely they would have already got planning permission?
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Why had this not already been sorted.. What if they'd have said no??[/p][/quote]Precisely! I couldn't believe this article. I am informed that the piling work has already started! Surely they would have already got planning permission? demerit

7:25pm Fri 6 Dec 13

jalvin says...

May reduce noise for the residential areas!!! Yeah those away fans are a pain..
May reduce noise for the residential areas!!! Yeah those away fans are a pain.. jalvin

11:35am Mon 9 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

This must be the first time planning permission for a Stand has been given because it will reduce noise. For one and a half hours once a fortnight in winter noise to local residents is uppermost in the Council's thinking. Tools!
This must be the first time planning permission for a Stand has been given because it will reduce noise. For one and a half hours once a fortnight in winter noise to local residents is uppermost in the Council's thinking. Tools! Harry's Bar

9:09pm Fri 27 Dec 13

kingofpop says...

Who cares if it stops some of the noise? If people dont like it they shouldnt of choosen to live near a football ground
Who cares if it stops some of the noise? If people dont like it they shouldnt of choosen to live near a football ground kingofpop

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