Aberdeen Football Club’s plans for a new £40million stadium at Loirston Loch took a step closer today after the council approved the development.

It will now be referred to the Scottish government but the Dons hope to move into the 21,000-seater venue in time for the 2013/14 season. Duncan Fraser, club chief executive, said: "Naturally we’re delighted Aberdeen City Council has taken on board the recommendations of their colleagues in the planning department.

"However, I would stress, while this is an important step in terms of our move towards a new home, there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done before our vision becomes a reality. That said, I would like to thank our staff and consultants who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes."

Aberdeen intends to sell its current home at Pittodrie near the beach for a new housing development. The new stadium will be lit at night with a red glow and have a 1,400 space car park surrounding the site.

Posted on 23/02/2011