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IFA Submit Planning Application For National Stadium Redevelopment

Tue 11th Dec 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

THE Irish Football Association has formally submitted its planning application for the redevelopment of the National Football Stadium Windsor Park to DOE Planning. 

If the plans are given the green light, it is hoped that work will begin on the proposed 18,000 seater stadium in September, 2013.

Following a consultation process with all stakeholders across Northern Ireland, which included giving people the opportunity to submit their thoughts on the redevelopment project online, the design team led by RPS and the Irish FA finalised the planning application before its submission.

Raymond Holbeach from RPS said: "RPS are pleased that the planning application and supporting environmental reports have been submitted on time.

“The planning application has been submitted following an intensive period of community and statutory body consultation as well as completion of environmental and transport assessments that influenced the development of the design for the Stadium.   

“The redeveloped Stadium will result in environmental benefits for the local community including reduction in noise and light pollution "

Patrick Nelson, Irish FA Chief Executive, is delighted that the planning application has finally been submitted.  "We had made it a key target to have our planning application submitted by this date and I am delighted that we have achieved this. 

“The design for our redeveloped National Stadium truly is impressive, and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to give their thoughts and ideas to us during the community consultation process.  I know that the new Windsor Park will be a stadium that we will all be proud of."

The Executive has endorsed up to £110m for regional stadium development. This is the key capital programme for DCAL and is also a priority within the Executive’s Programme for Government. When contributions from the sports are taken into account the overall Programme will invest up to £129m.

With DCAL support, the Irish FA intends to reconstruct Windsor Park so that up to 18,000 spectators can be accommodated. This will cost in the region of £29.2m with £25.2m coming from government funds.

Image: Raymond Holbeach, Regional Director at RPS with Geoff Patterson, Project Sponsor at the Irish FA announcing the submission of the planning application for the redevelopment of the National Stadium.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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