£50 million Kingsford Stadium plans recommended for approval

Aberdeen planning officials have backed the Dons’ £50 million Kingsford Stadium plans.

The new 20,000-seat arena, along with training academy and heritage museum is planned for a site between Kingswells and Westhill.

A document released today by Aberdeen City Council stated officers have backed the plans for the controversial stadium.

Approval has been recommended subject to conditions and conclusion of a planning obligation securing developer contributions relating to core paths, and setting up and operation of a public transport steering group.

A decision from planners had been due in October, however, the club asked the council for the plans to be deferred for more discussions.

AFC chairman Stewart Milne 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.”

The proposals have been opposed by the No to Kingsford group, which argues the scheme will create serious parking problems, and contravenes the local development plan.

Aberdeen City councillors will vote on the matter on Monday.