The Fulham Supporters' Trust, when formed under the campaign name 'Back to the Cottage,' always envisaged Fulham Football Club returning to their rightful home for good. We are delighted that Fulham Football Club have confirmed that they will shortly be submitting a new planning application to redevelop the Riverside Stand.

Following an article in the Hull City programme by chairman Shahid Khan detailing his vision behind the new proposals, Fulham chief executive officer Alistair Mackintosh confirmed to the Trust during our October meeting at Motspur Park that the Club intends to submit a full planning application to Hammersmith and Fulham Council by Friday 24 November. This application will build on the 2013 consent to extend the stadium's capacity to 30,000 seats and deliver a complete walkway alongside the River Thames linking Craven Cottage with Bishop's Park and Putney Bridge.

In a change to the previous proposals this design provides a single-tier stand, with significant space for a variety of premium entertainment activity and community use, and a roof terrace. Should planning permission be granted by the Council, the plans would necessitate the demolition of the current Riverside stand and the building of its replacement. Mr Mackintosh told the Trust that the Club were not expecting to vacate Craven Cottage to facilitate the construction of the new Riverside Stand.

The Club have announced two public consultation events for supporters about the plans to be held at the Johnny Haynes Cafe on Stevenage Road on Thursday 12 October between 2pm and 8pm and on Saturday 14 October, prior to the home game against Preston North End, between 9am and 1pm. Elected Trust Board members will be present throughout both sessions alongside representatives from the architectural firm Populous, who have designed the plans, and officials from Fulham Football Club. The Trust encourages all Fulham fans to take part in the consultation, providing the Club with your feedback on both the plans and your thoughts as to what should be included in the new stand.

The Trust will endeavour to keep our members and all Fulham fans updated as to the progress of these plans as we seek to ensure Fulham's permanent place at our historic home, Craven Cottage.