Scunthorpe United has received planning consent to build a new £30 million stadium at the site of its current Glanford Park ground.
The plans have been approved almost a year after they were submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.
The current ground was built in 1988 and at the time was only the second new English Football League stadium to be built post-war. It will be a first for any club to have developed and played in three purpose-built stadia.
The Glanford Park Stadium will be demolished and rebuilt stand-by-stand over the next few seasons to enable the club to continue to play matches during the development.
New cantilever style stands will ensure unrestricted views onto the pitch and will include improved seating and new food and beverage facilities.
The club will commence construction of the new stadium subject to a planning decision expected in the autumn.
The East Stand will be the first to be constructed to provide the commercial space required for health-related uses.
The club have also submitted a planning application for residential apartments on the Glanford Park site. These have yet to be determined.
The Club was originally set to develop a flagship stadium at the centre of the Lincolnshire Lakes – a 6,000 new homes transformational development led by North Lincolnshire Council.
It was forced to abandon the Lakes plans having obtained planning consent due to a lack of progress and stalled development. The Lakes project has the commitment of more than £26 million of tax-payers funding and tens of millions more in Government loans to the private sector.
Scunthorpe United Chairman Peter Swann stated:
The delay in developing a new stadium, firstly at the Lincolnshire Lakes and now for a simple redevelopment of our existing ground has cost the Club millions. The council’s delay has prevented the introduction of new commercial uses that will ensure the Club’s financial viability, all of which has been compounded by the Council’s lack of explanation as to the reason for this delay.
The Club are currently in dialogue with their lawyer as to further legal action and are calling for a full investigation into the planning delays and the Lincolnshire Lakes.