Council sets crunch date for Leicester stadium project meeting

The proposed expansion of English Premier League football club Leicester City’s King Power Stadium could take a huge step forward next month after the local council scheduled a meeting to discuss the development.

After three proposed dates for a decision by Leicester City Council passed by, the local authority has confirmed a committee meeting date of September 14, when the project could effectively be given the green light.

Leicester submitted a hybrid planning application to Leicester City Council in October last year after an extensive pre-application public consultation in August and September 2021.

Details of the project were first revealed in July last year.

The plans include a proposal to expand King Power Stadium’s capacity from 32,000 to 40,000 and introduce a mixed-use development that will feature a new arena.

The upper tier of the new east stand would be able to seat around 8,300 fans, with the lower tier to be “reconfigured” to accommodate 1,390 hospitality seats and a further 206 luxury seats.

The wider project also includes the construction of a new multi-purpose event and entertainment arena, club megastore, 220-room hotel, club and commercial office space, a residential tower, and a new multi-storey car park.

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