Dons launch formal process for new Westhill stadium

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Aberdeen Football Club has started the formal process to secure planning approval for the development of a new stadium near Westhill.

Earlier this week the club submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to Aberdeen City Council, Kingswells Community Council, Westhill and Elrick Community Council, and Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council , confirming its intention to submit a planning application later this year after a 12-week period of pre-application consultation activity.

Details of the consultation process and its timing, which will include public exhibitions and extensive engagement with stakeholders across the city and wider region, will be provided in the coming weeks.

Duncan Fraser, chief executive of Aberdeen FC, said: “Our proposal is to develop much-needed modern training facilities, community facilities and a 21st century stadium that provides an enhanced match-day experience.

“These will support the ambitions of the club and our fans, further the significant work already done within the community by Aberdeen FC Community Trust and deliver wider economic and social benefits to the city and region.

“Following initial discussions with the planning authority and other stakeholders, we are now beginning the formal planning process and look forward to sharing our proposals with all interested parties during the 12-week consultation.”

The Club does not intend to comment further on the proposals at this stage in order to allow Aberdeen City Council to formally consider and respond to the proposed approach to consultation and engagement within the PAN.

Aberdeen FC first announced the plans for a new community and sports campus, football academy and stadium at Kingsford Road, just minutes from Westhill, in May.

AFC Chairman Stewart Milne announced the plans for the complex which is to be situated adjacent to the A944 and just 200 meters from the new AWPR junction should the planning application be approved.