Windsor Park rebuild plans submitted

Published Tuesday, 11 December 2012
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The Irish Football Association has formally submitted plans for the redevelopment of Windsor Park.

Windsor Park rebuild plans submitted
Windsor Park in Belfast is to be re-developed in a £25million scheme. (© Presseye)

It is hoped that work will begin on the proposed 18,000 seater stadium in September 2013, if the plans are approved by the government.

The redevelopment is set to cost in the region of £29m, with the government supplying just over £25m of that.

The planning process involved consultation with stakeholders from across Northern Ireland.

There was also an opportunity for members of the public to give their own views on how the stadium should change, online.

Once decided, the Irish FA, along with RPS Consulting Engineers, finalised the proposals 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 redeveloped stadium will result in environmental benefits for the local community including education in noise and light pollution."

Patrick Nelson, IFA chief executive, said he 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," he added.

The redevelopment of the national football stadium is part of the Executive's efforts to revamp Northern Ireland's sporting venues.

This includes Casement Park (GAA) and Ravenhill (rugby).

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