Oldham Athletic Football Club's hopes of new stadium have taken a hit as they postponed the planned public exhibition and consultation.

Latics Managing Director Simon Corney told the club's website: “It is with regret that we have had to make the decision not to go ahead with the consultation, but, following legal advice, we have no alternative but to postpone it for the time being.

"There are wider issues relating to our plans that we have been waiting to discuss with Oldham Council and these remain unresolved.”

The club want to build a new 12,000-seater stadium in nearby Failsworth, with an estimated budget of £20million.

The new ground would have the potential to increase the capacity to 16,000.

Latics want to include the features of Oldham's mill-town heritage by making the main-stand fascia to be red brick with windows replicating those of the mills.

Unfortunately the club has reached a stumbling block as the status of the Failsworth site is unclear resulting in cancellation of the meeting.

Corney added: “We were hoping that a meeting could have been arranged prior to the public consultation but that has not occurred.

“As such, we feel unable to continue to promote our scheme and raise expectations at this time. This is a major disappointment to us and we apologise to local residents and fans for matters which are beyond our control.

"We hope to have these matters resolved with Oldham Council soon and to be able to reschedule the event in the near future.”

Posted on 24/02/2010