Gregory Jones QC has assisted Crystal Palace Football Club in gaining planning approval for its £20million academy redevelopment. The site - located a couple of minutes down Copers Cope Road from the first team training base in Beckenham - will see the redevelopment of onsite buildings as well as the construction of a new covered full-size 3G synthetic pitch, for all-weather use. There will also be a full size DESSO pitch - a hybrid surface used across the Premier League - along with a floodlit 3G pitch and six further pitches. Bromley Council's decision on Wednesday 18 March which went through by 12 votes to one - means the Eagles can take a big step towards earning Category One academy status with the Football Association and better compete with other London clubs for the capital's best young players. "Securing Category 1 status for our Academy is imperative for us to be competitive in attracting the very best young players, and there is an abundance of raw footballing talent in south London" commented chairman Steve Parish.
Gregory Jones QC was instructed by Guy Wickett, Development Manager for Crystal Palace Football Club.