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Aberdeen’s stadium bid wins council planners backing

Scottish Premiership football club Aberdeen has received the green light from council planners for its new stadium at Kingsford, following a four-month delay.

The £50m (€56.7m/$69.7m) project has reportedly been recommended for approval, with the Aberdeen City Council due to vote on the bid on Monday.

In October, a council meeting to discuss the club’s plans for a new stadium and sports complex at Kingsford, close to the Aberdeen bypass, was delayed, with further discussions surrounding the project required before a final decision is made.

Some locals have expressed opposition to the plans, with concerns having been raised over the building of the stadium on green belt land.

According to the BBC, it is claimed that the development would create more than 400 jobs and bring millions of pounds into the local economy. 

Club manager Derek McInnes said, according to the BBC, that other teams would “pull away” from Aberdeen FC if it did not get the new stadium.

Last week, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) warned that Aberdeen’s Pittodrie stadium could lose hosting rights to national team football matches if plans for the Scottish Premiership club to build a new ground are blocked.

Aberdeenshire Council recently renewed its objection to the proposed project to build a new stadium and training facilities, with further talks due to take place at a special council meeting on January 29.

McInnes said: “I believe the club still has so much to achieve. Help me to help Aberdeen. Other teams will pull away from us.”

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