Work set to begin on Ebbsfleet United’s Plough End development this summer after green light from council

PUBLISHED: 09:34 18 May 2017

Stonebridge Road, home of Ebbsfleet United

Stonebridge Road, home of Ebbsfleet United

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Councillors unanimously approved plans to accommodate 1,750 supporters on standing terraces as well as an integrated hotel

Plans to redevelop part of Ebbsfleet United’s home stadium have moved a step closer after council chiefs gave the project the green light last night.

The proposals to redevelop the Plough End at Stonebridge Road to accommodate 1,750 supporters on standing terraces, along with an integrated hotel, received unanimous approval from Gravesham councillors at a Civic Centre hearing.

The club says it removes the final stumbling block to the reconstruction of that section of the stadium, following on from the £5m investment in redeveloping the main stand.

It comes just days after the Fleet secured promotion to the top-tier of non-league football following a dramatic play-off victory over Chelmsford City.

Vice-chair Peter Varney told the club’s website: “The decision was unanimous and this is another piece of very good news in a fantastic week for this football club.

“I would like to thank Gravesham Borough Council and the regulatory planning board for their swift and decisive action.

“It’s a decision that not only benefits and safeguards the future of the football club but is also key to the overall regeneration of the local community and we are delighted to be able to launch the next phase of the stadium redevelopment.”

There are minor conditions attached to the planning approval but club chiefs insist there is significantly less red tape than there was associated with the main stand development.

Work on the Plough End will now begin in “midsummer”, though no specific date has yet been made public.

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