Plans have been revealed to extensively redevelop Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park stadium.
The Milton End – which houses away fans – will be the first to be developed, subject to planning approval.
Specialist architects and designers have contributed towards a renovation of the Milton End, which will increase its capacity to 3,200 – and the overall to around 20,000.
While a formal planning application will be submitted, the club will continue to take feedback from supporters and interested parties, as part of a more general and ongoing consultation process.
in a statement, Portsmouth FC, said:
“Following an extensive review – and ongoing consultation with a wide range of connected parties, including, among others, specialist designers, architects, planners, the Heritage & Advisory Board and Tony Goodall Fans’ Conference – Portsmouth Football Club can announce that it will shortly submit a planning application for consideration to commence phase one of the proposed redevelopment of Fratton Park.
“While work continues to address and ensure the safety and security of supporters, as part of the general proposed redevelopment of the stadium – and due to a variety of operational reasons – phase one planning is to be submitted specifically in regard to the Milton End.
“Although severely constrained by a number of physical obstacles, specialist architects and designers have contributed towards a renovation of the Milton End that will achieve some of the following key points:
– Two covered DDA areas, allowing home and away disabled supporters to sit with the rest of their respective fans
– Increase in the current allowable capacity to 3,200 supporters
– The ability to segregate in 25 per cent blocks, enabling a potential minimum extra 800 home fans (should demand dictate) to be permanently housed in this area for league games
– A completely new concourse area, cantilevered to extend beyond the back of the stand
“As has been previously advised, while planning is to be submitted for this first phase, there remains issues relating to more general transport and access infrastructure that is outside of the club’s control.
“We continue to work with a variety of external private, public and government bodies in an attempt to unlock the commencement of phase one, as well as subsequent larger scale projects for the stadium and wider Fratton area.
“While a formal planning application will be submitted, the club will continue to take feedback from supporters and interested parties, as part of a more general and ongoing consultation process.”