The Eagles plan to move to a new 40,000 seater stadium in Crystal Palace Park by 2015.

Plans include a new aquatic centre, athletics track and an indoor sports complex.

The move mean's the club will leave Croydon, however Jon Rouse, the council's chief executive, has backed the decision.

Steve Parish, Co-Chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club, said: "We are delighted to put forward our plans to return the club home to where it all began.

"We believe a stadium at Crystal Palace park can help create a bright new future for the club as well as helping it to breathe new life into both the sports centre and the park."

Jon Rouse, CEO of Croydon Council said: "Croydon Council wants to see Crystal Palace Football Club thrive on and off the pitch.

"While we would be sad to see the club leave the borough we will actively support a move to the National Sports Centre site if that is what is judged by owners and fans to be in the best interests of the club."

Stephen Carr, the leader of Bromley Council said: "Crystal Palace football Club have spoken to us and we are interested in their proposal to relocate the club to Crystal Palace park.

"These are potentially exciting times for Crystal Palace park and of course, we would need to look very carefully at the merits of any proposal.

"These fresh visionary ideas are welcome and ultimately, we want to improve the park and wider area and any viable plan to improve the park could have a positive impact on the locality and secure a brighter future.

"Of course, we will consider all proposals on their merits and would be subject to the planning permission in the usual way."

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