Our Future: Training ground, Community facilities & Stadium


Aberdeen Football Club and Aberdeen FC Community Trust's application for the development of a community and sports campus, football academy and stadium on land at Kingsford has been lodged with Aberdeen City Council.

Aberdeen Football Club have confirmed that the planning application for the £50million football and community sports hub at Kingsford will not be presented at the full council meeting in June and now looks likely to be deferred until October.

This announcement follows recent requests from the City Council and consultees for further information and clarification to inform assessment of the application, including additional environmental surveys.

The Club has already provided comprehensive information, reports and studies to support their detailed application in line with the planning process. However, given that this is a major application and to ensure that all potential impacts are adequately assessed the Club has carried out this additional work requested and submitted the relevant reports within the allotted timescale.

Executive Vice Chairman of Aberdeen Football Club, George Yule, said: "although this is later than we had hoped, we are confident that, if planning permission is granted in October, we will still meet the original target timescales of completing the community sports campus and football training academy in 2018 and the new stadium for the 2020/21 season.

"We have already invested considerable resource, both internally and with our team of external experts, in developing a comprehensive planning application package. This important development will deliver real benefit in sporting, social and economic terms for stakeholders and we look forward to it being considered on its merits via the statutory planning process.

"We provided the additional information requested as part of a positive and co-operative two-way process between the Club and the City Council, both of whom are committed to ensuring that the application brought forward is considered rigorously against a comprehensive package of supporting information."

The Club has also released new images of the facings for the proposed stadium today which they say is an example of this on-going dialogue.

"These images show that AFC is taking on-board the feedback from the planners and has responded to their request for a design that softens the external façade of the building," explained Mr Yule.

Mr Yule added: "A delay of a few weeks at this stage is not unduly concerning as we can make specific adjustments to our project schedule. However, further slippage, beyond October, or a negative outcome will result in us missing our target timescales and this will have a material impact on the Club's ability to recruit and retain talent and to maintain our current position within Scottish football at a time when our football staff are delivering success for the City, the local Community and the Club.

"AFC ensures this region is profiled nationally and internationally and has further plans to enhance its reputation as a visionary organisation, competing successfully in domestic and European completion, with best in class facilities for our supporters, staff and players at all ages. We cannot deliver this vision and provide a positive role model for young people without suitable new facilities."

Subject to planning approval, the proposals will see more than £50 million invested to create a new home for the Dons; provide a base for the significant expansion of the award-winning work of the Aberdeen FC Community Trust programmes on social inclusion, participation in sport, life skills and healthy lifestyles for all ages across the region; and create a focal point for footballing excellence in the north of Scotland.

The project would be delivered in two phases, with the community and sports facilities and football academy constructed first and the stadium in the second phase.

The planning application to Aberdeen City Council for the 24.5 hectare site at Kingsford includes community and sports facilities; a football academy comprising outdoor pitches, pavilion and ancillary buildings; and a 20,000-seat capacity stadium along with associated access roads, parking, landscaping and engineering works.

Subject to planning approval, the proposals will see more than £40 million invested to create a new home for the Dons; provide a base for the significant expansion of the award-winning work of Aberdeen FC Community Trust on social inclusion, participation in sport and healthy lifestyles for all ages across the region; and create a focal point for footballing excellence in the north of Scotland.

The project would be delivered in two phases, with the community and sports facilities and football academy constructed first and the stadium in the second phase.

The restrictions of the Club's no longer fit for purpose Pittodrie Stadium site, including the inability to develop co-located and dedicated training facilities, are an increasing barrier to its sustainable future.

Duncan Skinner, Chairman of Aberdeen FC Community Trust, said: "The Community Trust provides support and opportunity for people of all ages, and often to those in greatest need of a helping hand. Working in partnership with the Club, charities and public sector organisations, and our supporters, we deliver award-winning inclusion, health and wellbeing programmes. The Trust cannot increase the scope of its work without dedicated facilities and this development would enable it to extend its positive impact in the region and create new ways of engaging with multiple stakeholder groups."

This much needed and exciting new development which will underpin the Club's ambitions both on and off the pitch in the long term.

Your Questions on the Planning Process Answered

Why is more information required if the Club has already put together a comprehensive planning application?

As this is a major planning application, there will be more detailed environmental impact assessment scrutiny and we have therefore been asked for additional environmental surveys in relation to amphibians and invertebrate species to be conducted.

Will the new information required to be consulted upon?

The application will be re-advertised and there will be a further 28 day consultation period to allow feedback on the new information only.

Will people still have the opportunity to object or support the proposals?

Feedback will be restricted to the new information asked for - not the entire development as this has already been through the consultation process.

Does this mean that those who have already supported or objected will have to do so again?

No. Existing expressions of support or objection will still stand. However, this is another opportunity for fans to demonstrate their support and comment on the additional reports and studies. Your support is very much encouraged.

How can the Club still meet the original timescales if there is a 3-4 month delay on decision?

We are potentially only talking about a 12 week delay and, through careful planning and re-phasing of specific elements of the work, we can still complete the community sports hub and training facilities during 2018 with the new stadium completed in time for the 2020/21 season.

Find out more about our plans

The following PDF files contain the content from the recent public exhibition:


1: Welcome | click here

2: Masterplan | click here

3: Stadium experience images | click here

4: Stadium experience | click here

5: Stadium design | click here

6: Community & Training facilities | click here

7: Transport | click here

8: AFC Community Trust | click here

9: Environment | click here

10: Next Steps | click here


Mythbusters: Find out the facts about the plans

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