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QPR gain planning permission

QPR have been granted planning permission to build a new training complex on Warren Farm in Southall.

Ealing Council have signed a development agreement with the Sky Bet Championship club, resulting in planning permission for a new multi-purpose community sports complex that will provide a base for both the Hoops first team and academy.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: "We are committed to building the club in the right way and putting in place the foundations for future success.

"The academy is an important part of this, and this agreement is the next step in strengthening the long-term prospects of QPR.

"We are delighted to partner Ealing Council and are particularly excited about playing our part in providing fantastic new sporting facilities for local residents, and to build on the excellent work of our Community Trust to strengthen our ties with the community and provide opportunities for all."

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, added: "Warren Farm is in dire need of redevelopment, so it is fantastic that QPR has committed to such a huge investment into the site.

"Signing this deal is the next step towards bringing Warren Farm back into use and transforming it into a thriving hub of community activity and sport. QPR's plans have a strong focus on community involvement and I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together."

Work on the facility is expected to be completed in time for 2016.