Cray Wanderers Football Club environmental statement and planning application

On behalf of Cray Wanderers Football Club (CWFC), we have prepared an environmental statement and planning application for a mixed-use development. The development has brought substantial community benefit by redeveloping a poor-quality site and returning sporting use, access and recreation.


The proposal consisted of a 1,300-capacity stadium, two new community 3G sports pitches, the reinstatement and relocation of three existing grass football pitches, as well as a bar, changing rooms, classrooms, gym and museum at the Flamingo Park site. To help fund this scheme, two four-storey blocks with 28 two-bedroom flats were also proposed as enabling development. The land had a complex planning, appeal and enforcement history. This was compounded by the requirement for input from multiple parties to address the Local Planning Authority’s (LPA) reservations about the development proposals. The site was subject to a number of constraints, most notably being green belt and previously developed land.


The team engaged with the LPA’s Case Officer, the councillors, and other statutory consultees including the Lead Local Flood Authority and Mayor of London among others. Our multi-disciplinary team then went on to prepare and deliver documents such as Environmental Impact Statement, Community Access Statement, Land Quality Assessment and much more to support the full planning application.

The key planning principle relevant to the development was the protection of the Green Belt from inappropriate development due to its location. We proved the acceptability of the proposal according to local, regional and national policy with a focused planning argument.


Bromley Council’s Development Control Committee were granted planning approval by Bromley Councillors for the application to build a new ground, community facilities and affordable housing on the site. The development brought substantial community benefit by redeveloping a poor-quality site and returning sporting use, access and recreation when there was a lack of alternative options for the site. It also provided a permanent home for Cray Wanderers Football Club.

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For more information about this project please contact Gabriel Pearson.


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