QPR selected for Warren Farm sports ground

Mon 28 May 2012, 9:06 am

Premiership football club Queens Park Rangers has been named as the preferred bidder for the lease of Warren Farm sports ground in Southall.

The club wants to develop the site as its new training ground as well as providing facilities for local residents, including a community sports pavilion, improved football and cricket pitches, astroturf training pitch and multi-use games areas suitable for a range of sports including netball and tennis.

London Borough of Ealing received five bids for the lease, which were assessed against a range of criteria, including the community facilities they proposed to provide and the deliverability of the schemes.

Council leader Julian Bell said: “The Warren Farm site gives us a fantastic opportunity to provide some excellent new facilities for the use of the whole community. I’m delighted that the project is moving forward and I hope residents and existing users will help shape the plans.”

The bids were considered by a panel, including independent planning and property experts, and the QPR bid best met all those criteria, according to the council.

The council will now work with QPR, local residents and the site’s existing users to ensure the scheme delivers real benefits for the local community.

It will also look at whether any of the unsuccessful bidders could be given the opportunity to work with the council and the club to help deliver some aspects of the proposals.

All the plans are subject to the club obtaining planning permission for the site.

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