Dates have been set as part of a judicial review into Aberdeen FC’s plans for a new stadium.

The £50m development includes the creation of a 20,000 seater ground at Kingsford, near Westhill.

The plans for the new stadium and training complex were put on hold last October, with the Council approving them in January.

A procedural hearing for the review sought by The No Kingsford Stadium group has been set for 8 November 2018, with a substantive hearing on 19 December 2018.

Kingsford project director Raymond Edgar said: “This is simply the next step in a costly and unnecessary legal process which, ultimately, will only cause delays to our much-needed community sports hub and training facilities.

“It’s frustrating for everyone involved, including the majority of people in the region who support the project, but it’s also damaging to the club, Aberdeen City Council and the wider region’s reputation for progress and development.”

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment with a judicial review ongoing.”

Aberdeen FC believes the new facilities are vital to its future, but objectors say the stadium should be located elsewhere.

The plans were not called in by the Scottish government.

The community sports hub and football training facilities are due to be completed in Summer 2019, with the stadium set to be open for the 2021/22 season.