England: Oxford United changes plans for new stadium

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Paulina Skóra

England: Oxford United changes plans for new stadium The project team of Oxford United continues to work intensively on preparing a detailed plan for the construction of the new stadium. The club aims to build a modern and environmentally friendly facility, which is intended to be a crucial place for the entire community, significantly contributing to the economic development and well-being of the residents of Oxfordshire.


Significant step towards starting construction

The concept represents a unique opportunity to create a new home for sports, entertainment, business, community, education, and tourism, of which the entire county can be proud. Last year, the Oxfordshire Council agreed to lease land in Kidlington, known as the "Triangle," to the club. Oxford United now needs to apply to the Cherwell District Council for permission to proceed with the construction.

Deep community consultations

Discussions have shown tremendous engagement from the community, fans, and people from other parts of England. During the community consultations, the project team participated in over 150 meetings, and the stadium's website was visited by 1.5 million people. In total, over 70,000 people have been involved in the entire project. While there have been hundreds of positive comments, constructive criticism has also been taken into account, with Oxford United assuring that all opinions will be considered before finalizing the plans.

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Primary concern: significant traffic jams

Many residents have expressed concerns about the potential for increased traffic congestion. There is a fear that with the construction of the stadium, the area may become even more challenging to navigate than it is currently. David Robey, the chairman of the Kidlington Parish Council, stated that despite the benefits for the village, "the short- and medium-term perspectives of traffic jams are truly very frightening."

During a press conference, representatives of Oxford United mentioned that one way to address match-day traffic would be to close the A4260 motorway. Other options under consideration include a bridge leading from the stadium complex across the street towards the Oxford Parkway railway station. If, like the residents of Kidlington, you dislike sitting in traffic, we encourage you to use LiveCasinoMate's online live casino guide. Fast, convenient, and without leaving your home.

Thorough scrutiny of details and ensuring that the spatial planning application is accurate took more time than anticipated. However, this necessary procedure resulted in an extensive response from county authorities, facilitating further work and potential adjustments. Oxford has reported that the project is currently being adapted, and its final version will be published soon.

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New stadium as a chance to revitalize Oxfordshire?

In addition to the football facility with a capacity of 16,000 seats, the project also includes the construction of a 180-bed hotel, conference and event space. There will also be a health and well-being center, providing significant economic and social benefits to Oxfordshire. This includes new job opportunities, boosting tourism, improving transportation connections, creating green spaces, and supporting local charities and schools.

The acceptance of the planning application is a milestone and crucial for the success of the project. The club's and project team's priority remains presenting it to the relevant authorities as soon as possible. The application was supposed to be submitted by the end of 2023, but some feedback received during consultations forced a delay. The club's management and CEO are supportive and driving this project forward, with hopes that the stadium will be ready for the 2026/2027 season.

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