Queens Park Rangers will not be building a new training ground at the Warren Farm site, as had been planned, with the club close to securing an agreement over a new site.
The R’s have been on the lookout for a new facility to train at for years and it was revealed back in 2012 how the club had become the preferred bidder for the lease of the Warren Farm sports ground. That was just the start of a long, drawn out saga though, with the Championship side battling to get the project moving and it wasn’t until 2018 that the Supreme Court rejected attempts to overturn planning permission that looked to prevent this going ahead.
Despite all of that, Ealing council confirmed this morning, along with QPR, that the club have decided to pick another location for their training ground, although it’s unclear as to where that will be. Nevertheless, it won’t be the Warren Farm facility, with R’s CEO Lee Hoos explaining that the club had a change of heart but he revealed they will continue to help develop Warren Farm as they look to provide something that will benefit the community.
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“We are in advanced discussions regarding the freehold of another site which we decided to pursue when the opportunity to acquire the site came up.
“In the spirit of the excellent working relationship we have with Ealing Council we have made them aware of the situation and assured them we remain firmly committed to helping them develop the site for community use.”
Right now, Mark Warburton’s side share training facilities with Imperial College in Harlington so the chance to move to their own training ground will appeal. The Londoners have enjoyed a decent season in the Championship and they trail the play-off places by six points with nine fixtures scheduled to play.