Portsmouth Fratton Park proposals for Milton end lodged with council planning chiefs

Pompey’s have submitted the planning application for their Milton end vision.

Saturday, 11th April 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th April 2020, 5:58 pm
The Milton end's north-east corner, as depicted by Pompey' planning application

The details, which were released publicly in January ahead of consolidation with supporters and other parties, were lodged with Portsmouth City Council on March 6.

However, technical issues at the council’s end, ensured full details were not uploaded to its website until the end of the month.

They included 22 designs of the proposed development which represents the first stage of Fratton Park’s overhaul.

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Under the plans, improvements include a reconstructed Milton end, including new turnstiles and entrances, disabled facilities, toilet blocks and a security office.

It signifies the next stage of Tornante’s push to complete the work, although discussions are continuing with Network Rail, Portsmouth City Council and the government over their parts in fulfilling the club’s ambition.

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin said: ‘The Milton end plans were officially submitted a few weeks ago.

‘These are exactly the same plans which we showed and consulted with supporters.

Pompey's proposed Milton end redevelopment - the north-east concourse

‘It’s just a case of coming out of the other side of this and seeing how society, the economy and the world looks.

‘With the plans going in, it gives us an option to start, whenever that may be. It is difficult to say at this stage.

‘I am forever the optimist. I’m hoping that when we come out of the other side of this, for the government to recover it’s going to need to invest in the UK’s infrastructure, such as train lines and road networks. Historically that is what is done.

‘I am not looking at it as a negative point of view, I am looking at it as a positive point of view which could create some great opportunities, not just for Portsmouth but the city as a whole.’

The pitchside view of Pompey's proposed new Milton end

According to documentation, both Natural England and Sport England have acknowledged receipt of the application in the consultation process. They will now assess the plans.