Aberdeen Football Club has moved a stage closer to a new 21,000 seater stadium after Aberdeen City Council approved plans submitted by the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League side.
The planning permission for the £35m stadium at Loriston Loch, which is set to be in use for 2013/14 season, is a huge boost, although the club’s chief executive Duncan Fraser told the club’s official site that there were still obstacles to be overcome.
Fraser said: "Naturally we are delighted the elected members within Aberdeen City Council have 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 AFC's move towards a new home, there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done before our vision becomes a reality."
Councillors voted 23-17 in favour of the Don’s plans with the stadium now needing approval from Scottish Government ministers who will make the last ruling on the application.
The importance of the move to a new stadium, which will be partly funded by selling the Aberdeen’s current home Pittodrie, was stressed by chairman Stewart Milne at the club’s AGM in December last year.
"This [Pittodrie] stadium has a limited life and every year we stay here it costs us a lot of money. That’s just going to continue to increase. At some point we have got to make the move," Milne said.
"If we don't move we won't have a viable club, it's as simple as that."