Aberdeen FC just got one step closer to building a new stadium, when yesterday the Aberdeen city councillors approved the club’s plans.
Aberdeen has been working on plans to construct a new 21,000-seater stadium since 2008, and last year saw its planning application approved by the council. Yesterday, in a further step, the council’s Development Management sub-committee also agreed with the plans.
Most doubts had risen around the environmental impact of the stadium, it being planned in the south of the city near Loirston Loch. However, the advise of the Planning and Sustainable Development department had come out favourably as “[even though] the landscape character of the immediate area would be substantially changed, there would be no significant impact on the wider landscape setting of the city or character of the green belt.”
The project furthermore includes a small football ground for Cover Rangers FC, indoor sports and community facilities, and outdoor sports facilities including a floodlit all-weather pitch. Aberdeen FC hopes to be able to occupy its new stadium at the start of the 2013/2014 season.
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