Court of Session ruling
Green light for Aberdeen’s new Kingsford stadium
Work can now begin on the second phase of construction of Kingsford Stadium
Aberdeen FC has been given the go-ahead to continue with plans for a new £50 million stadium at Kingsford after a judicial review into the project.
The hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh was brought after protest group No Kingsford Stadium (NKS) challenged Aberdeen City Council’s decision 11 months ago to grant planning permission.
The group claimed the council failed to show there were no other available alternatives to the site on the outskirts of the city but in his conclusion today, Lord Tyre said: “In my opinion the petitioner has not identified an error of law in the approach of the council that would entitle this court to interfere with its decision to grant planning permission for the proposed development.”
Welcoming the ruling, an Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “We note the outcome of the judicial review and welcome the court’s ruling that a robust planning process was followed in determining the application.”
Work on the site began last July and the training complex is scheduled to be completed this summer.
Dons chairman Stewart Milne said the new state-of-the-art facility, which will replace Pittodrie, would benefit the whole community.
“The outcome of the judicial review is welcome news for the club, the council and the wider region,” he said.
“We’ve already been engaging positively with local residents and community groups who support our plans.
“But, following today’s decision, we will reach out to the whole community, even those who have objected to the plans, so that we can work positively with them to deliver a community sports hub that meets their aspirations, best-in-class football training facilities and, ultimately, a stadium that the whole region can be proud of.”
Lord Tyre’s ruling opens the door for the start of the next phase of construction including the 20,000-seater stadium.
NKS has 21 days in which to lodge an appeal to the Court of Session.