Nottingham Forest gets green light for £100m stadium plans

Nottingham Forest Football Club has been given the green light for a £100m redevelopment of the main stand at its City Ground.

Capacity at the stadium will be increased from 30,000 to 35,000.

Rushcliffe Borough Councils planning committee voted nine to two in favour of the changes to the venue, which has been the clubs home since 1898.

Plans to redevelop the ground were initially put forward in 2019, with Buckingham Group named the preferred bidder for the job, but they were put on hold during 2020’s lockdown and have since been revised.

Twice European Cup winners in 1979 and 1980, Nottingham Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1999, and the stadium has not seen significant investment for more than two decades. The redevelopment plan was given new impetus recently, after the team won promotion back to the top flight earlier this year.

Alongside an additional 5,000 seats, the rebuilding of the Peter Taylor Stand will include new public space and parking.

The club has also applied for permission in principle to build a 13-storey apartment building near the stadium. The housing would be sold to pay for part of the new stand’s construction. Nottingham Forest will also contribute £470,000 to a community infrastructure fund.

In a statement, Nottingham Forest Football Club said: “Today’s decision represents a significant landmark in the journey to redevelop the historic City Ground site, and represents the culmination of three years of dedicated work by the club and its advisers.

“We believe the development of the site is crucial to maintaining the club’s status in the Premier League, and all of the benefits to the local community and economy which this status brings.”

The club is now set to discuss with its advisers how the new development will be delivered. 

It added: “These discussions will be undertaken as soon as practicable, and the club remains determined to provide the wonderful supporters of the club with a stadium of which they can be truly proud in the modern era.”

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