As reported by the BBC, Aberdeen FC's plans for a new £50-million stadium have been given a legal go-ahead. Court has refused to accept petition by opponents of the stadium, who argued the local council committed an error of law.
“In my opinion the petitioner has not identified an error of law in the approach of the Council that would entitle this court to interfere with its decision to grant planning permission for the proposed development.” – this single sentence by Lord Tyre sums up what is a 33-page document dated March 1, analysing a judicial review request by No to Kingsford, group opposing the new Aberdeen FC stadium.
As one could have expected, the Aberdeen city council contested such appeal and together with Abdereen FC welcomed the judge's decision. Aberdeen FC chairman Stewart Milne said: “The outcome of the judicial review is welcome news for the club, the council and the wider region.
“Following today's decision, we will reach out to the whole community, even those who have objected to the plans, so that we can work positively with them to deliver a community sports hub that meets their aspirations, best-in-class football training facilities and, ultimately, a stadium that the whole region can be proud of.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman 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.”
The case could still ultimately go to the Supreme Court, however at this point construction of AFC's new training complex is ongoing. Once delivered, the complex will be accompanied by Aberdeen's 20,000-seat stadium.