Oxford United submit full planning application for new stadium

The club has formally submitted an application to Cherwell District Council for a “new, modern and eco-friendly” 16,000-capacity stadium on an area of land known as The Triangle, near Kidlington.

The design includes a 180-bed hotel, restaurant, conference and event space, along with a health and wellbeing centre.

The club has also confirmed it will be undertaking a planning application process to build a bridge as part of the development plans.

Oxford Mail: Oxford United have published new images of what the club’s proposed stadium at The Triangle could

It would be the first all-electric stadium in the UK and includes a safe standing allocation, sensory room, 130 wheelchair spaces and wellbeing gardens.

United’s history would also be incorporated into design features, including a modern interpretation of the Manor Ground arch at the entrance.

It is understood the planning documents will become available to the public on the Cherwell District Council website once the application is validated.

Jon Clarke, development director at Oxford United, said: “Today is a significant milestone in our stadium development plans and for the future sustainability of the club.

“We have taken the opportunity to create something truly incredible that not only places the visitor experience at its heart but is sustainable and will deliver huge benefits to our community and economy.

“Submitting our full planning application further demonstrates the club’s commitment to delivering a new state-of-the-art landmark that will benefit the entire community.

“Our thanks go to our whole stadium project team who have worked tirelessly to submit this extensive planning application.

“We received a high volume of feedback during the public consultation and revised our plans based on some observations.

“This process helped ensure we got our application correct and, in light of the extensive response received, took slightly longer than anticipated.

“We look forward to continuing to share details of the plans and working closely with key stakeholders including Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council to bring our vision to reality.”

Oxford Mail: Oxford United have published new images of what the club’s proposed stadium at The Triangle could

The club previously revealed that a quarter of the proposed stadium would allow for safe standing.

A club statement read: “We have incorporated rail seating into 25 per cent of the stadium bowl to provide a safe solution to fans who want to stand during a match.

“The stadium bowl design will help enhance the atmosphere inside the venue, and to also minimise noise and light spill.”

If built the stadium would be all-electric, as 1,200 solar panels would be used to generate energy.

Meanwhile, the club estimates that air-source heat pumps could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent a year, compared to gas boilers.

The air source heat pumps would provide the heat source for hot water and undersoil pitch heating, plus general heating for the stadium.

It is estimated that about 1,000 jobs would be created during the construction phase and once the stadium is open, including 420 construction jobs and at least 20 apprenticeships.

United also calculated that more than £32 million would be generated per year in the local economy if the stadium is built.

Submitting a full planning application comes after Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet gave principle consent to lease the triangle site to the club last September.

The club previously said a planning application would be submitted last autumn or Christmas, but both those self-imposed deadlines passed with no application submitted.

Oxford United’s lease at the Kassam Stadium comes to an end in 2026.

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