QPR could overcome one hurdle towards a new training ground at Warren Farm on July 14.

The need to overrule one objection to the proposed new facility on the Osterley-Southall border has brought a special meeting of the Ealing Regulatory Committee, who are required to make a crucial decision.

Namely, should they uphold the Save Warren Farm (SWF) group appeal for a public footpath across the site, who object to the training complex for environmental reasons, or support QPR's demand for part of the complex to be solely theirs for training use?

The Commission cancelled the scheduled meeting date for April, but have convened especially in July to thrash out the matter.

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Rangers want to move from their current location they rent from Imperial College in Harlington - even though at one stage co-chairman Tony Fernandes was happy to stay put.

But the well-heeled and organised SWF has stalled Hoops all the way claiming public land should remain that way.

Even then, and if Rangers finally get the go-ahead after a series of false starts, the group plan challenges on a variety of fronts, including apparent endangerment to a nest of small owls on the site.

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Rangers chief executive Lee Hoos says there is a way to go before the club can move in.

He said: “It's in the council's hands, but if we get the go ahead after all the objections have been ruled on, it’ll take a year for the pitches to embed and then the infrastructure around it.

"So depending on the time of year, maybe 18 months from start to finish before we can use them?"

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