Legal go-ahead for Kingsford

Aberdeen FC have been given the go-ahead to proceed with their new £50 million stadium after a judge ruled against objectors who sought to waylay the plans during a judicial review.

However campaigners claim the site is an incursion into green belt land, and alternatives are available.

The club has planning permission from Aberdeen City Council for a new stadium to replace the club's existing Pittodrie home, as well as a football academy comprising outdoor pitches, pavilion and ancillary buildings, ancillary uses, access roads, parking and associated landscaping and engineering works.

The group brought a judicial review to the Scottish Court of Session and a three-day hearing took place in January to allow both sides to make legal arguments.

The decision of judge, Lord Tyre, was published at noon and the court found in favour of the local authority.

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The No Kingsford Stadium group has 21 days in which to appeal.

No Kingsford Stadium expressed disappointment at the outcome of the judicial review.

Construction began on the new site in July previous year, after the council gave the green light to the plans, which had been put on hold in 2017.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: "We note the outcome of the judicial review and welcome the court's ruling that a robust planning process was followed in determining the application".

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