Dundee FC’s move from Dens Park has taken a major step forward after the team’s owners began the formal process of obtaining planning permission for a new stadium.
Screening and scoping enquiries have been submitted to Dundee City Council regarding the proposed new stadium, a year after the club’s owners Tim Keyes and John Nelms bought the vacant plot at Camperdown Park next to Dundee Ice Arena for £1.2 million.
The enquiries, submitted by Dark Blue Property Holdings and Leadingham Jameson Rogers and Hynd Chartered Architects will be followed by a pre-application notice which will trigger a public consultation on the plans.
A formal planning application is then expected to be submitted to the local authority in December.
Images showing the proposed layout of the site were released on Friday.
Bob Hynd of Leadingham Jameson Rogers and Hynd Architects said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as architects for this exciting and ambitious development.
“We have now been in discussion with Dundee Council regarding the concept of a stadium on part of this site for over a year and would like to thank them for the assistance they have given us.
“When Dundee Football Club were originally formed in 1893, they played their games at West Craigie Park.
“They then moved to a new ground at Carolina Port adjacent to the Docks in Dundee.
“In 1899, Dundee moved to their current home at Dens Park and we are delighted to be involved in what we hope will be the development of their new home for the future. ”
Although plans for the new stadium have not yet been drawn up, it is expected its capacity would be at least 50% greater than Dens Park, which can hold 11,500 fans.
A spokesman for Dundee FC said they would not be commenting at this time.
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