Plans to protect the site of Rotherham United Football Club's 12,000-seater stadium from flood damage are set to receive council planning later this week.

The clubs plans to raise the land level at the site by two metres to allow the stadium development to begin. Approximately 54,000 cubic metres of material will be transported to the site from two sources and the work is expected to last for a period of nine weeks.

A spokesman for consultants, Signet Planning told the Rotherham Advertiser: "The proposal is for an engineering operation to raise the land levels on a site which comprises an important brownfield regeneration site close to the town centre. It will deliver both the next phase of the flood alleviation scheme to this part of the borough and facilitate the new Rotherham Community Stadium.

He added: "The development will result in principally beneficial impacts in respect of flood risk and drainage considerations. It will assure the safety of future users and visitors to the ensuing development on the site, as well as facilitating an important element of the wider flood scheme."

The new 12,000-seater venue designed by S&P was granted outline planning permission in early 2011. The bowl shaped stadium will feature additional seats and corporate and exhibition space, and will also seat 120 disabled supporters.

United have played home games at Don Valley since leaving Millmoor in 2008. The new stadium should be ready for the start of the 2012/13 season.

Posted on 27/04/2011