Queen of the South plans for a new stadium took a positive step forward after a meeting between Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and club officials.

The Doonhamers hope to build a £3 million, 6,000-seater stadium at Palmerston Park and have begun initial consultation.

The Scottish First Division club's existing stadium has a seating capacity of 3,509 which is under Scottish Premier League minimum regulations.

Proposed plans will also include large-scale office accommodation, scope for social and commercial opportunities, space for youth development on-site as well as new housing.

It is expected to take the Doonhamers three years to complete with the main focus for now being on attracting fresh funding towards some of the project.

John Potts, Chair of DGHP told the club website: "We are very excited about the future for DGHP, our tenants, Queen of the South and the wider community of Dumfries and Galloway.

"Although plans are still in the very early stages, we are extremely pleased to be taking the project forward further and look forward to working in partnership with the football club to provide these new, state-of-the-art facilities."

David Rae, Chairman of Queen of the South added: "We have had a very positive meeting with DGHP and are looking forward to further developing plans for everyone.

"As well as giving us a fit-for-purpose SPL compliant stadium with in excess of 6000 seats, the plans proposed here will be of huge benefit to Dumfries and the whole community."

A group is being formed to develop the multi-million pound plans in further detail and it is hoped the first meeting will begin in May.

Posted on 25/03/2010