New stadium. What happens next?

Last updated : 21 August 2003 By Michael Morris

IT'S one of the most crucial victories in Cardiff City's history - the Bluebirds have won planning permission for their new stadium.

Plans for the spectacular arena just yards from City's current Ninian Park home, on the site of the Cardiff Athletics Stadium, were given the go-ahead by Cardiff Council after a three-hour meeting last night.

Now it's down to the National Assembly to have the final say on the £165m scheme. If it finds no problems, the Bluebirds could be in their new stadium by the start of the 2005/2006 season.

City owner Sam Hammam - said to be "delighted" at the decision - has been the driving force behind the plans, which also include a hotel and health club, a 450,000sq ft retail park, a new athletics stadium and housing where Ninian Park currently stands.

The scheme - the first phase of which should create more than 1,000 jobs - has been criticised by some councillors and residents, who fear it will swallow up green space in the Leckwith area and kill off shops in Cowbridge Road East.
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