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Planners back new Aberdeen football stadium

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Aberdeen City Council planners have recommended approval of plans for Aberdeen Football Club’s £50 million stadium.

The plans were put on hold in October 2017.

Planners at the city council have recommended that the development should go ahead –  councillors are set to make a decision on the plans on Monday (29 January).

The recommendation comes with conditions, the conclusion of a planning obligation that secures developer contributions and operation of a public transport steering group.

Plans will see the old stadium at Pittodrie replaced by a 20,000-seat ground and training academy at Kingsford, Westhill.

Objectors to the scheme cite concerns about the effect that increased traffic could have on Westhill. Aberdeen Football Club have, however, said that there are no other available sites for the stadium.  

The planners’ report states: “It is considered that the public benefits of the stadium outweigh the provisions of the development plan and the application is recommended for approval, subject to necessary conditions and successful conclusion of a legal agreement.”

Stewart Milne, chairman at Aberdeen Football Club, said: “We are very pleased that the planners are recommending approval of our planning application for a community sports hub, training facilities and new stadium at Kingsford. This is welcome news for the club, our fans and the wider community who back our plans.

“The additional information supplied in the last few months has helped reinforce the strength of our economic case and the need for colocation. We believe it also underlined that Kingsford is the only viable, suitable and therefore deliverable site for the club.

“As with any major planning application, there will inevitably be some conditions attached to this approval and our commitment to the council and to the local community is that, should the councillors grant consent, we will meet the conditions and work hard to address both the real and perceived issues particularly around transportation and traffic management.”

The planning report can be found on Aberdeen City Council website (pdf).

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