Ebbsfleet United planning new 8,000-capacity stadium

National League South football club Ebbsfleet United has announced plans for a new 8,000-capacity stadium in partnership with Landmarque Property Group.

The stadium will form part of a wider waterfront neighbourhood, which would sit on a brownfield site spanning around 40 acres. The site will be located in Ebbsfleet, close to Northfleet’s harbour and the river.

It is hoped the development project will generate up to 3,000 new jobs in the retail, leisure and service sectors, including apprenticeships during construction and end-use employment opportunities.

As well as the stadium, the neighbourhood will include homes, shops, cafes, offices, medical services and community venues, along with over 3km of pedestrian and cycle links. The project will consider the site’s waterfront position and cultural heritage.

Ebbsfleet currently plays at Stonebridge Road, which has a capacity of around 4,700. Consultation for the new stadium is planned for this summer, when initial plans for the regeneration of the site will be shared with the community.

A spokesperson for Northfleet Harbourside said: “We are pleased to be bringing forward this exciting proposal in Gravesham, with a new stadium for Ebbsfleet FC at the heart of the new neighbourhood.

“Stonebridge Road Stadium is a special place for the club and its supporters, and as such we need to continue investing in its facilities to not only ensure we comply with modern safety regulations, but to also secure the long-term future of the club.

“The new venue will provide best in class public amenity, catering and tiered seating for the club supporters, alongside wider community benefits including a new sports medical facility. We are excited about our plans for Northfleet and look forward to meeting with residents, businesses and the wider community to discuss our proposals.”

Following consultation and the development of the proposals, it is hoped an outline planning application can be submitted to Gravesham Borough Council at the end of the year.

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