As public consultation is getting closer, supporters share mixed feelings about the proposed Dundee FC stadium. But if it proceeds, planning application may come in December and complete design in early 2018.
All indication say it's going to happen. After all, Dundee FC have been in talks with the city council for over a year now and the Camperdown Park location is partly owned by Dark Blue Property Holdings since it was bought for £1.2 million in July of 2016.
A recent statement by Dundee FC indicates cooperation between Dark Blue Property and LJRH Architects, who have been working on the future stadium's masterplan (below) and are expected to deliver full design eventually.
“Dark Blue Property Holdings and Leadingham Jameson Rogers + Hynd Chartered Architects are delighted to advise that they have submitted screening and scoping inquiries to the Planning Department at Dundee City Council regarding the construction of a new stadium and associated development on open ground adjacent to Camperdown Leisure Park,” the club statement reads.
The stadium and four training fields will go under public consultation soon and the planning application is expected in December. We should see the complete design early into 2018.
While a move from Dens Park seems to be a welcome step for supporters, there are some fears over what will happen to the historic site. David Forbes, director of the Dundee FC Supporters Society, said he feared for the businesses in the vicinity of Dens.
“I’m always happy to hear about any positive move for Dundee FC, as long as it’s in the right circumstances,” he said. “However, it will kill the trade for pubs and the local newsagents around Dens Park. I can’t ignore the impact of that.”