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Aberdeen’s new stadium plans approved

Aberdeen’s new stadium plans have been approved by a large margin by councillors, after months of pushback and uncertainty.

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

The £50m (€56.7m/$69.7m) project was recommended for approval, with the Aberdeen City Council having voted on the bid yesterday (Monday).

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne said: “After 17 years, we are one step closer to a new home that will allow us to meet our vision and ambition for Aberdeen Football Club, our city and our region.

“We applaud the councillors for taking this decision in the face of considerable objections. We are fully aware of and sympathetic to those in Westhill and Kingswells who have objected to our plans and I want to reassure them once more that we want to engage with them to deliver community facilities they can all enjoy and benefit from.”

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.

The No Kingsford Stadium organisation said in a statement: “No Kingsford Stadium has worked tirelessly to prevent the approval of this application.

“We have shown that the application is contrary to the development plan. It is our view that council officials and councillors have failed in their duty to apply the law in this case and we will now progress our petition for judicial review.”

The group said it has funds in place for a judicial review of the project, which Aberdeenshire Council had previously objected to.