EALING Council, in conjunction with QPR, has released the following statement regarding the future of Warren Farm:
Ealing Council has today (Wednesday 6th May 2020) announced that it will push ahead with plans for community sports facilities at Warren Farm following Queens Park Rangers Football Club’s confirmation that it is pursuing an alternative site for its training ground.
The EFL Championship club says it remains fully committed to working with the council to ensure the borough’s young people don’t miss out on community sports facilities and activities at the site.
QPR have invested considerable time and financial resources into Warren Farm but have had to change its approach after an alternative site became available to buy earlier this year.
Given that the proposed scheme with QPR at Warren Farm isn’t now progressing, the council is looking to withdraw from the latest Judicial Review proceedings.
The council has already successfully defended previous legal challenges and but for QPR’s change of plans would have continued to defend the proceedings.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “Warren Farm has always been a playing field and our ambition to develop first class sporting facilities for the borough’s young people remains unchanged. We will be looking at how this can be funded once the Covid-19 emergency is over.
“Giving people access to sport and setting good exercise habits will keep people heathier and take the pressure off our NHS in the long run.
“I have spoken to senior QPR officials and they have reassured me of their commitment continuing to support the scheme.
"This was great to hear. I’d like to thank the club for their commitment to community sport, we know there is a huge Hoops fan base in the borough and so keeping them involved in the project is a win for everyone.”
QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “We are in advanced discussions regarding the freehold of another site which we decided to pursue when the opportunity to acquire the site came up.
“In the spirit of the excellent working relationship we have with Ealing Council we have made them aware of the situation and assured them we remain firmly committed to helping them develop the site for community use.
“As there is a non-disclosure agreement in place regarding the other site, no further comment will be made at this time.”