An ambitious plan to transform the former rubbish dump otherwise known as the home of Reading FC have taken a forward step as the club confirmed their proposals to the council. No timescale has been put on the project, with the existing CGI images still the only real indication of how the West Reading site will look upon completion. Furthermore the statistics; 600 homes, a 6,000-strong conference centre called 'The International', and greater transport links, remain.
For a full dissection of the Royal Elm Park plans, Jonny delivered an excellent summary back in October that can be read here.
In the meantime, Royals chief executive Nigel Howe had this to say upon the planning application being submitted:
"Royal Elm Park is a unique opportunity for Reading to deliver a world-class convention centre that will put the town on the map and enable us to compete on a world stage."
"It will also benefit the football club and will be important for Reading’s future growth, attracting national and international investment and offering tangible benefits for local people with new homes, jobs and an improved match-day experience."
Officially speaking the plans are being submitted by RFC Prop Co Ltd, a 'partly-owned subsidiary' of the club. Questions of course remain over the impact this will have on parking availability, the consistent delays to the Green Park railway station as a viable matchday alternative, and how this affects any future expansion of the stadium itself.