Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Dons lawyer rubbishes legal case against construction of new £50million stadium

Aberdeen FC’s lawyer believes protesters fighting to block the Dons’ new stadium have come “nowhere close” to providing legal grounds for planning permission for the £50million facility to be revoked.

Plans for the stadium and and training facilities at Kingsford were approved by Aberdeen City Council last year, but objectors have called the decision into question during a judicial review at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Proceedings commenced on Tuesday with representations on behalf of protest group No Kingsford Stadium and the council.


>> Keep up to date with the latest news with The P&J newsletter


If the court finds in favour of No Kingsford Stadium, the planning permission granted last May could be deemed void and the future of the development cast into uncertainty.

James Findlay QC yesterday spoke on behalf of Aberdeen Football Club, which has been listed as an “interested party” in the dispute between the protest group and the local authority.

He argued that the objectors’ legal team failed establishing grounds upon which the court could overturn Aberdeen City Council’s decision to award planning permission.

The substantive hearing in the Judicial Review proceedings concluded this afternoon at the Court of Session in Edinburgh…

Posted by No Kingsford Stadium Group on Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Mr Findlay said: “It would be a serious step to quash this permission, and it is our submission that the case put forward comes nowhere close to establishing grounds for that.”

In hearings such as this one, it can typically take about three months for the Court of Session to render its verdict.

But Mr Findlay yesterday took the “unusual” step of asking Lord Tyre to speed up the process, as construction of the ground is already under way and developers are eager to move onto the next phase.

He said: “The club would like to know the outcome of this challenge as soon as possible.”

Lord Tyre asked whether Mr Findlay was suggesting he “get on with it”.

The judge added: “It is somewhat unusual to say ‘hurry up and get a judgement out’, but I should be able to deal with this without any particular delay.”

Kingsford Stadium ten years in the making

The judicial review began on Tuesday and concluded yesterday, ahead of schedule.

No Kingsford Stadium argued that the council’s planning department had breached its own guidelines so badly in recommending councillors rubber-stamp the proposal that the decision was unlawful.

Ailsa Wilson QC represented the group and listed specific concerns regarding a supposed insufficient investigation into the possibility of siting the stadium elsewhere, transport problems and the use of land upon which development had been restricted.

Aberdeen City Council’s legal representative, Ruth Crawford QC, yesterday argued that the authority did not disregard the local development plan, a framework engineered to shape projects and inform decisions on planning applications, when recommending elected members approve the scheme.

She said: “It was decided that the public benefits of the stadium would outweigh the provisions of the development plan, it is incorrect to say the development plan was not taken into account or considered.

“The development accorded with its general social and economic policies.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]