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Green light for Edinburgh Rugby stadium

Scottish Rugby’s plans to install a new stadium in the grounds of BT Murrayfield have been given the green light by Edinburgh City Council.

The 7,800 capacity development is intended to be the new home of Edinburgh Rugby and would be located on a section of land currently used as training pitches.

Four stands approximately 8.6m high will be built around a new synthetic 3G surface on Murrayfield’s back pitches.

The existing six 18m tall floodlights will be replaced with four 25m high floodlights.

Part of the north stand will be assigned for accessible use and will have ramped access.

A detailed planning application was submitted to City of Edinburgh Council in May to provide a fan-focussed playing venue in the city that will incorporate a new 3G surface and covered spectator stands around all four sides of the ground.

Edinburgh will play its home matches on the international pitch at BT Murrayfield for the coming 2018/19 season, with the aim of commencing the 2019/20 campaign in the new purpose-built venue.

Scottish Rugby has designed the project using flexible infrastructure and is open to making the space available to other users from the wider rugby community in Scotland, and the possibility of other sports as well.

With the Scotland national team and other representative sides now regularly training at the Oriam National Performance Centre and the need to replace an existing 3G pitch the plans will utilise land on the west side of the BT Murrayfield site previously used for training purposes.

Councillor Donald Wilson, culture and communities convener, said:

After 20 years of searching for a permanent base, I hope this gives Edinburgh Rugby the relevant planning permission it needs for its own purpose-built home.

The move should also allow the team to build on its own local identity, next to all of the action and atmosphere of a national Murrayfield game and with the same extensive transport links.