QPR appear to have moved closer to building a training ground at Warren Farm after a judicial review upheld Ealing Council’s decision to grant planning permission.
Rangers chief executive Lee Hoos welcomed news that the Hanwell Community Forum’s challenging of the council’s decision has been unsuccessful.
“This is positive news and another significant hurdle that we’ve overcome. There is still some way to go but we are really pleased with the outcome of this verdict,” Hoos said.
The verdict is another development in the saga of QPR’s long-running attempt to acquire the site of the dilapidated sports ground in Southall.
It comes more than five years after West London Sport first revealed that Rangers wanted to build a new training ground there – and almost two years since the club submitted a revised application after having second thoughts about the project and then scaling down their initial proposals.
QPR and Warren Farm: what next?
With this decision having gone in QPR’s favour, the next hurdle is an application for a footpath through the Warren Farm site.
That too must be rejected in order for Rangers to proceed. A verdict on that application is not expected for another three to six months.