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Millwall announce 999-year lease on The Den

Millwall have announced that they have been granted a 999-year lease on the Den following a Council’s Mayor and Cabinet meeting with Lewisham Council. The club say that this will not only help the team move forward in the long-term, but also help to regenerate the local community.

Millwall granted 999-year lease on the Den

The new lease granted to Millwall will be used to redevelop the surrounding land around the Den. Previously, the club have stated that they wanted to regenerate New Bermondsey through residential development, and this agreement will help the club move forward with these plans. As well as providing support for the local community, the development agreement will help Millwall improve the matchday experience for supporters and “develop new and existing revenue streams.”

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Millwall have secured a 999-year lease on The Den – Photo by icon Sport.

Millwall Chairman outlines ‘significant new opportunities’

Millwall Football Club Chairman, James Berylson, said: “We are delighted that Lewisham Council has offered Millwall Football Club a new, long lease that will permit us to bring forward development plans in New Bermondsey for residential accommodation, a new community, and an ambitious football club.

“I am particularly grateful to Lewisham Mayor, Brenda Dacres, and her predecessor, Damien Egan MP, both of whom offered friendship and support to Millwall and acknowledged our ambitions for the local community and our Club.

“My family’s involvement with Millwall goes back almost 20 years. My father, John Berylson – who tragically died last year – from the outset had a vision and an ambition for the football club and its local community.

“It has taken us a long time to reach this turning point but my father’s passion and dogged determination never dimmed and it’s a great sadness to all of us that he is not here today to witness this milestone moment in the Club’s history.

“Alongside the significant new opportunities for Millwall, I see important new benefits for Lewisham and its residents. A new community with upgraded accommodation will generate higher living standards and a better quality of life. Greater prosperity will also increase returns to the Borough through new commercial, social and employment opportunities.

“This landmark decision by Lewisham Council secures a long-term future for Millwall in the borough and, equally importantly, protects and enhances the Millwall Community Trust and its vital charitable activities in south-east London. Together with Lewisham Council, we can now start putting in place plans for improving The Den and its facilities, thereby enhancing spectator experience.

“I took over as Chairman almost a year ago and I am now setting out new ambitions for Millwall and its community. At the heart of those ambitions is, of course, playing great football and I want us to be serious challengers for Premier League status. Why not? We came to within striking distance of the play-offs 12 months ago.”

Mayor of Lewisham supports plans

Mayor of Lewisham, Brenda Dacres, also said: “We are delighted to have reached a positive outcome, with a new, long-term lease that secures Millwall's future in the borough. This has been a long process, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to work together to secure the relocation of facilities for the Millwall Community Trust and support our shared ambitions for this part of Lewisham.

“I look forward to working with Millwall Football Club on their plans for the land around the Stadium, to unlock much needed homes as well as new leisure and community spaces.

“Both Millwall Football Club and the Millwall Community Trust contribute immensely to our local community and provide life-changing opportunities for so many in our borough. We look forward to continuing to support their important work.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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