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Aberdeen Stadium plans clear another hurdle

Plans by Aberdeen FC to develop a new £50 million stadium and training facilities at Kingsford in the city will not be called in by the Scottish government.

The plans have been approved by the local council and now the Scottish government has said there are no issues requiring a decision to be taken at a national level.

Aberdeen FC believes the new facilities are vital to its future.

AFC chairman, Stewart Milne, said:

We welcome the Scottish Government’s confirmation that Aberdeen City Council can proceed to determine our planning application. We are keen to begin construction of the community and training facilities as soon as possible.

The next step is to progress the terms of the legal agreement with Aberdeen City Council and work with all stakeholders on agreeing and meeting the conditions.

We will continue to work with the City, Aberdeenshire Council and the community in the lead up to and during construction. Together, we can deliver a first-class facility to be proud of that will unlock the potential of the Club, the Trust and the next generation of football stars, while making a positive contribution to the local economy.

Opposition group No Kingsford Stadium, which has complained about traffic problems and loss of green space, is now likely to challenge the decision through the courts.

Supporters of the project say it will create more than 400 jobs and bring millions of pounds into the local economy.

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