No ‘call in’ for Kingsford plans

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Aberdeen FC’s Kingsford Stadium application won’t be called in by Scottish Government ministers.

The £50million project was given the go-ahead by city councillors at a special meeting in January.

Planners had recommended approval, subject to strict conditions.

The Kingsford proposals had divided local opinion with opponents raising concerns over a potential increase in traffic and the stadium being build on green belt.

Aberdeenshire Council objected to the development.

The city council has now been informed that the Scottish Government is leaving it in the local authority’s hands.

An Aberdeen City Council spokesperson said: “The Scottish Government said in the notification that the issues raised by Aberdeenshire Council ‘are not of national significance to have bearing’ on the decision not to call it in.

“The notification further said the Scottish Government expects Aberdeen City Council to have regard to the matters raised by Aberdeenshire Council.

“We will accordingly consider these matters and liaise with colleagues at Aberdeenshire Council on these matters as necessary.”