Aberdeen FC’s plans for a new £50m stadium have been given the green light following a judicial review.
The 20,000-seater stadium will be built at Kingsford, near Westhill in the city and will replace Pittodrie.
Campaigners against the stadium claimed the site was an incursion into green belt land, and alternatives were available. Lord Tyre refused the petition.
Aberdeen FC Chairman Stewart Milne said:
The outcome of the judicial review is welcome news for the club, the Council and the wider region. We can now confidently complete phase one, the community sports hub and training facilities, and start moving towards delivery of phase two, AFC’s new stadium.
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.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman added:
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.
The matter could still ultimately go to the Supreme Court.