Jan 28 2013 By James Gates
Warren Farm Sports Centre. Windmill Lane, UB2.
QUEENS Park Rangers have released details of their ambitious scheme to regenerate a neglected sports facility in Southall.
The Premier League football club has been inviting residents to take a look at its planning application for Warren Farm after Ealing Council last year named them as its preferred partner for the scheme.
Plans for the 63-acre site went on display at Perceval House in Ealing Broadway and the application is also available to view online.
The proposal includes training facilities for the club, with a two-storey building, a three-storey multifunctional operations building, as well as three first-team pitches and seven academy/youth pitches.
Community facilities would also be provided, with a one-storey Community Trust building linked to an indoor hall (shared with QPR), a one-storey community building, changing rooms, showers and social space.
There will be 11 other football pitches, including one artificial pitch, and three cricket wickets. The scheme includes 453 permanent car parking spaces, plus overspill parking for a further 259 vehicles, as well as floodlighting and landscaping.
Ealing Council’s planning committee is due to discuss the scheme in the coming weeks. It is not yet known how much the project will cost.
Members of Warren Farm Radio Flyers, who fly radio-controlled model aircraft at the site, had feared for their future as it was not clear whether community groups would be able to use the site. However, they have been told they can still use the site, albeit in a smaller area.
A QPR spokesman said: “I would like to confirm that it is the intention of both the club and council to fully engage with, and involve, the Flyers, to ensure they have adequate provision. It is certainly not our intention to alienate them in any way.”
Bob Howard, Flyers chairman, said: “This would seem to indicate that some of any fears concerning the greatly restricted airspace available for club members to overfly may be put to rest.
“However, confirmation of the times and days when more of the academy pitches will be in use is still required, as at these times flying will be restricted to a much smaller area than at present. This could restrict the club’s ability to offer free tuition to beginners.”