QPR’s six-year battle over Warren Farm: a timeline

QPR: Warren Farm

QPR say they will continue the battle to build a new training ground at Warren Farm after confirming that objectors have submitted a Supreme Court appeal in another attempt to scupper the project.

West London Sport earlier revealed that an appeal had been lodged against a recent Court of Appeal judicial review which found in favour of Ealing Council’s original decision to grant planning permission.

In response, QPR co-owner Tony Fernandes insisted on Twitter that the club “won’t give up” in the ongoing legal dispute over the future of the Southall site.

Rangers have 14 days to lodge an objection to their opponents’ latest appeal and prevent the issue being referred to the Supreme Court. 

It comes more than six years after West London Sport first revealed that QPR would look to build a training base at the site in Southall.

And it is more than three-and-a-half years since West London Sport revealed Rangers had scaled down their plans for the site, having considered ditching the project altogether.

QPR: Harlington training ground
QPR’s current training ground is owned by Imperial College

Here’s a timeline of some of the key events during the long battle over Warren Farm:

January 2012
West London Sport reveal that QPR want to build a new training ground on the site of the Warren Farm Sports Centre.

February 2012
Non-League Southall FC also express interest in building on the site, but it comes to nothing.

March 2012
QPR confirm they are looking to build a training ground at Warren Farm. Philip Beard, then the club’s chief executive, subsequently tells West London Sport Rangers are in “the final stages” of drawing up their proposal and want building work to commence “as fast as possible.”

April 2012
QPR submit plans to Ealing Council to build a training ground on the site – the plans are subsequently revised in light of objections from local residents.

April 2013
Planning permission is granted by Ealing Council – QPR’s intention is to begin work within months and for the new training ground to be open by late 2015.

January 2014
After plans are revised again following more objections, a development agreement is signed by Ealing Council and QPR, who at this stage believe the training ground will be ready in 2016.

July 2014
West London Sport reveal QPR are considering scrapping the Warren Farm project.

August 2014
Tony Fernandes confirms QPR are considering scrapping the project and tells West London Sport it is because of delays caused by a series of objections lodged by opponents.

October 2014
West London Sport reveal QPR are set to go ahead with Warren Farm project – but a cheaper, scaled-down version with significantly more modest plans than the original proposals.

May 2015
QPR submit a revised planning application.

September 2015
The revised plans are approved by Ealing Council – but local objections continue.

July 2016
An application for a footpath across the site of the proposed training ground, which would have scuppered QPR’s plans, is rejected by Ealing Council’s Regulatory Committee – but the Hanwell Community Forum seek a judicial review of the original decision to give planning permission for a training ground.

November 2016
The Save Warren Farm group launches a crowdfunding appeal to raise money for the legal challenge.

March 2017
High Court upholds Ealing Council’s decision to grant planning permission – but opponents take case to the Court of Appeal.

March 2018
Court of Appeal’s judicial review upholds Ealing Council’s decision. Objectors are given 28 days to appeal.

April 2018
West London Sport reveal appeal has been lodged. 
Confirming the news, QPR say they will not give up.