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'Linford Christie Stadium is crying out for regeneration' - QPR discuss new stadium plans

The Hoops are looking at a deal with Thames Valley Harriers which would see Linford Christie Stadium redeveloped and a new 30,000 seat stadium built

Championship side QPR have been discussing the idea of building a new ground at Linford Christie Stadium with the Shepherd’s Bush and White City community.

It has held a series of engagements with local stakeholders, residents’ groups, schools, charities and others in and around W12.

The club is looking to move from its historic Loftus Road home and believes the one-mile relocation to the home of Thames Valley Harriers (TVH), beside Wormwood Scrubs and Hammersmith Hospital, is a “win-win” for all involved .

The club’s idea would involve a partnership with THV to create a new athletics track and community sports facility on site, as well as a separate 30,000 seater football stadium next to it.

The plans would protect the green space of Wormwood Scrubs and not involve any development outside of the existing Linford Christie Stadium boundary.

QPR are looking to move away from Loftus Road(Image: GetWestLondon)

During the summer holidays, staff from QPR and QPR in the Community Trust met adults and children from Du Cane Road, the Old Oak Estate, the Wormholt Estate, the White City Estate, and the Wood Lane Estate to explain the idea, and listen to any potential concerns.

Representatives from local churches and charities have also taken part in meetings to discuss how a new stadium could become a real community asset in W12.

Residents are explained plans during a tour of the stadium arranged by Du Cane Housing Association while sitting in dugout(Image: UGC TMS)

Mark Donnelly, QPR chief operating officer, said: “Talking to residents has generated lots of ideas about what people would like to see at a potentially redeveloped Linford Christie Stadium, whether it is toilets and a café or somewhere that schools can use as a base to take children on nature trips to the Scrubs.

“The current Linford Christie Stadium is crying out for regeneration, and the potential for a big investment from a football club with the local community at its heart is huge.

Residents at Loftus Road during a tour arranged by Du Cane Housing Association, where the club discussed its Linford Christie Stadium plans(Image: UGC TMS)

“It was important for us to engage with the community as early as we could to fully understand the possibilities and also the concerns, but there is still a way to go before we put forward any formal proposal.”

The turn towards Linford Christie Stadium marked a new approach for the club, which has been frustrated in its attempts to build a new home as part of the Old Oak regeneration.

Loftus Road has a capacity of just more than 18,000 and is the third smallest ground in the division.

Earlier this month it hosted a Game4Grenfell to raise funds for those affected by the disaster.

Anyone wanting to receive updates about the plans should email SecureRFuture@qpr.co.uk to register their interest.

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