ABERDEEN Football Club’s plans for a new £50 million stadium have moved a vital step closer after an application for planning consent was recommended for approval by Aberdeen City Council planners.
It was announced in October that the application for the stadium and associated training and community facilities at Kingsford had been put on hold to allow for further discussions between the club and the planning service.
Councillors will now consider the report and recommendations at a special meeting of the full Council on Monday January 29.
Aberdeen FC chairman Stewart Milne welcomed the news. He 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 co-location. 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 Club and its team of experts have now done everything we can and it is now up to our Councillors to weigh up the recommendation along with all the information in the application.”