Aberdeen FC stadium decision delayed for fresh consultation

Aberdeen FC stadium Kingsford 2The fate of Aberdeen Football Club’s new stadium at Kingsford will not be decided until the New Year after a second public consultation was announced on the £50 million proposals.

The club, which wants to replace Pittodrie with a 20,000-seat ground near Westhill, withdrew the proposals last month just days before it was due to be considered by Aberdeen City Council.

Now a second public consultation is to be launched after new information and documents were submitted by the club.

The fresh consultation will involve the renotification of neighbours, re-advertising the application, consulting the relevant external bodies and council services, all of which will occur during the middle of next week.

Aberdeen FC stadium KingsfordThe closing date for written representations to be submitted to the council will be December 12 with a hearing scheduled for January 17.

Raymond Edgar, project director for Kingsford, said: “While we had been hoping for a decision on our application before Christmas, we now have an agreed timetable with the council which will allow the proposals to be fully considered by councillors in January.

“Following the deferral in October, we have worked with the council planning officers to provide further reassurance that the club’s approach to selecting Kingsford complies with legal requirements.

“In addition, we have undeniably demonstrated there are no other suitable, available and sequentially preferable sites within the city which could accommodate the development.

“While the club recognises that the delay has been frustrating for all those who continue to back our plans, it’s vital that we have the best chance of securing the right decision.”

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