City Ground redevelopment recommended for approval

A planning application report from Rushcliffe Borough Council has recommended the approval of Nottingham Forest’s application for a major redevelopment of its City Ground stadium.

The newly promoted Premier League club submitted a planning application to the council back in December 2019. The project would focus on the redevelopment of the Peter Taylor Stand, creating a new three-tier stand with a 10,000 capacity.

Forest had earlier unveiled plans to increase the capacity of the City Ground from 30,000 to 38,000. The new Peter Taylor Stand would be central to the improvements, with work also planned on the Brian Clough and Bridgford Stands.

Plans were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic but the project now appears set for approval following Forest’s promotion to the Premier League. The overall cost of the project is reportedly set to exceed £94m (€110m/$112m).

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s planning committee will now meet on July 28 to consider the application to expand the City Ground and an associated residential development nearby. The meeting will be streamed live on the council’s YouTube channel.

The club has previously said that the new Peter Taylor Stand will feature a museum, a new club shop, a range of hospitality lounge options, restaurants and executive boxes. New concourses will also be created for general-admission supporters, along with improved facilities for disabled supporters and a significant increase in wheelchair spaces.

In June 2019, Forest secured a new 250-year lease to play at the City Ground, its home since 1898. The club has been working with architects Benoy on the renovation project, which would position the City Ground as the biggest football stadium in the East Midlands.

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