Milne delighted with decision

Council approves Aberdeen’s stadium plans

Aberdeen FC

Plans for the new stadium have divided local opinion

Aberdeen Football Club has won overwhelming support from the City Council to build a £50 million stadium.

The controversial proposal was backed by 32 votes to nine.

Chairman Stewart Milne said he was “very pleased”.  However, there is also a need for a car park which will require approval by Aberdeenshire Council. Protestors insist they will seek a judicial review.

Mr 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.”

The club’s hopes of securing permission for a new stadium earlier won support from the head of one of Scotland’s biggest companies.

Martin Gilbert, co-chief executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, believes the benefits of the proposed facility at Kingsford would spread beyond the club.

Mr Gilbert (right), who sat on the Dons board between 1990 and 1993, told the P&J newspaper: “I was encouraged by the decision of city planners this week to recommend approval for the Kingsford development.

Martin Gilbert“The exciting proposals will improve the match day experience for all fans and provide world-class facilities that will be enjoyed, not just by the club, but crucially the wider local community.

“I have no doubt this development will have a positive social and economic impact for our club, our city and region.”

Aberdeen’s two universities have also backed the SPFL club’s plans for the 25,000-seater stadium, arguing the proposals will provide real economic opportunities.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principal and vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University, has given the project his backing with Sir Ian Diamond, principal and vice-chancellor of Aberdeen University echoing his support.

It has been claimed the stadium and training ground would create more than 400 jobs and bring millions of pounds into the local economy.

Objections have been raised on grounds including potential traffic issues and loss of green belt land.


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