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Aberdeen FC’s proposed new stadium to be subject of hearing

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A hearing is to be held next month into Aberdeen FC’s proposed new £50million stadium next month.

The Dons want to build a 20,000-seat home ground and training academy at Kingsford, between Westhill and Kingswells.

As the application is classed as a “major development” and is a significant departure from the city council’s local development plan, it qualifies to be discussed at a pre-determination hearing, before elected members.

However, only individuals who have previously submitted representations in regards to the proposed stadium will be given the chance to voice their views directly to councillors.

Plans for the 25-hectare site, which include three professional training pitches, two community 3G pitches, a community pavilion, a gym and an AFC heritage museum, were lodged last year by the club and the AFC Community Trust.

The project would be delivered in two phases, with the community and sports facilities and football academy constructed first and the stadium built in the second phase.

The club aims to be playing matches at the new stadium in the 2020-21 season.

However, the proposal has divided opinion in the city and generated widespread opposition from many nearby residents.

Campaign group No to Kingsford Stadium has cited concerns that local infrastructure could not cope with the development.

The group has also voiced fears about losing green belt land on the edge of Westhill.

All letters and emails already submitted to the council regarding the stadium will remain part of the determination process.

The hearing, which will be streamed on the city council’s website, will take place at Aberdeen Town House from 9.30am on Wednesday September 13 and people who would like to take part should contact Lynsey McBain on lymcbain@aberdeencity.gov.uk or Mark Masson on mmasson@aberdeencity.gov.uk.

The deadline for individuals to get in touch in order to be allowed to speak at the hearing is 5pm on Friday, August 25.

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