Aberdeen FC’s plans to build a new £50 million stadium at Kingsford near Westhill have been recommended for approval by council planners.
Aberdeen City Council is due to rule on the plans on Monday.
Aberdeenshire Council has objected to the plans, however, and if council members approve the development, it could still be “called in” for scrutiny by the Scottish government.
AFC chairman, Stewart Milne, welcomed the news that the development was being recommended. He said:
We are very pleased that the planners are recommending approval of our planning application for a community sports hub, training facilities and new stadium at Kingsford. This is welcome news for the Club, our fans and the wider community who back our plans.
The additional information supplied in the last few months has helped reinforce the strength of our economic case and the need for co-location. We believe it also underlined that Kingsford is the only viable, suitable and therefore deliverable site for the Club.
As with any major planning application, there will inevitably be some conditions attached to this approval and our commitment to the Council and to the local community is that, should the Councillors grant consent, we will meet the conditions and work hard to address both the real and perceived issues particularly around transportation and traffic management.
The No Kingsford Stadium group said, however:
NKS is deeply concerned by the recommendation for approval. This application is being recommended for approval on economic and public benefit which has not been proven.
We will be contacting our legal team to begin to review the report with a view to taking further action should councillors vote to approve the application.
Supporters of the development say the stadium and training ground would create more than 400 jobs and bring millions of pounds into the local economy.
Objections have been raised about potential traffic problems and the loss of green belt land.