A fresh public consultation will be held on Aberdeen FC’s new stadium plans.

The club put plans for the £50m stadium and training facilities at Kingsford, near Westhill, on hold in October.

The date for a further pre-determination hearing has been provisionally set for 17 January 2018.

It means a ruling on the application now will not be taken before the end of the year, as officials at Pittodrie had hoped.

The club admitted it was frustrating.

Those opposed to the plans have called for the club to look elsewhere.

The consultation will begin during the course of next week.

The closing date for written representations to be submitted to the Council will be 12 December.

In response to the update from Aberdeen City Council, Raymond Edgar, project director for Kingsford, said: “While we had been hoping for a decision on our application before Christmas, we now have an agreed timetable with the Council which will allow the proposals to be fully considered by Councillors in January.

“Following the deferral in October, we have worked with the Council planning officers to provide further reassurance that the Club’s approach to selecting Kingsford complies with legal requirements. In addition, we have undeniably demonstrated there are no other suitable, available and sequentially preferable sites within the city which could accommodate the development. In particular, we believe we have, once and for all, demonstrated that the proposals cannot be delivered at either King’s Links or Loirston.

“As requested by the Council’s economic development team, we have also provided further analysis which shows that the economic benefits of the development to the region are even greater than previously estimated.

“While the Club recognises that the delay has been frustrating for all those who continue to back our plans, it’s vital that we have the best chance of securing the right decision for the Club, the City, the region, our fans and the thousands of individuals from all communities who benefit from the activities of the Trust.”

“The additional information, contained in a supporting statement and appendices, will now be the subject of consultation. Councillors will be given an opportunity to ask questions on the additional information at a second pre-determination hearing in January, so that they will have all the information which they require to enable the application to be determined before the end of January.“

Part originally publishes on bbc.co.uk – 17 November 2017

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