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Aberdeen confident stadium delay will not derail project

Aberdeen confident stadium delay will not derail project

Aberdeen Football Club's bid to build a new stadium in the Kingsford area of the city could be facing a delay - but the club is confident the project will still go ahead.
 
The plan would see a new stadium with 20,000 seats, plus a training complex and academy, being constructed on the western outskirts of the city, some seven miles away from its current Pittodrie home, which is near the seafront just north of the city centre.
 
However, concerns over traffic and the incursion onto the greenbelt have been cited by local residents opposed to the scheme, and Aberdeen City Council has now asked the club for more information about its plans.
 
The club has said it has already provided everything that is needed, with vice-chairman George Yule arguing that more delays could hold back the club's playing progress.
 
A decision on the planning application was due in July, but the latest development could put it back to October.
 
Despite this, Mr Yule said: "Although this is later than we had hoped, we are confident that if planning permission is granted in October we will still meet the original target timescales of completing the community sports campus and football training academy in 2018 and the new stadium for the 2020/21 season."
 
The construction project would be one of two produced by the project, as Pittodrie would be sold for housing as part of the plan. The old stadium is currently costing the club £750,000 a year just to maintain.
 
Aberdeen's attempts to secure a new home have been going on for several years, with previous plans including a proposed stadium and training complex at Loriston in the south of the city. This scheme had to be abandoned as the club was unable to clinch a deal to buy all the land needed.
 
The club is looking to build at a time when it is doing well on the field. It has just finished second in the Scottish Premier league and faces champions Celtic in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday (May 25th).

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