The planning application to Aberdeen City Council for the 24.5 hectare site at Kingsford includes community and sports facilities; a football academy comprising outdoor pitches, pavilion and ancillary buildings, and a 20,000-seat capacity stadium along with associated access roads, parking, landscaping and engineering works.
Subject to planning approval, the proposals will see more than £50 million invested to create a new home for the Dons; provide a base for the significant expansion of the award-winning work of Aberdeen FC Community Trust on social inclusion, participation in sport and healthy lifestyles for all ages across the region; and create a focal point for footballing excellence in the north of Scotland.
The project would be delivered in two phases, with the community and sports facilities and football academy constructed first and the stadium in the second phase.
As AFC Project Director for Kingsford, Raymond Edgar, told The Daily Record, the club’s decision to request a postponement for the submission of the plans in October, while frustrating, was the correct one in his opinion:
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 next month.
The additional information will now be the subject of consultation. Councillors will be given an opportunity to ask questions on the additional information at the second pre-determination hearing on January 17, so that they will have all the information which they require to enable the application to be determined before the end of the month.