Oxford United submit planning application for new stadium

The club has formally submitted an application, which is now awaiting validation, to build a new, modern, eco-friendly, 16,000-capacity stadium on an area of land known as The Triangle, near Kidlington, as part of a mixed-use development.

The proposal submitted presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to provide a new home for sport, entertainment, business, community, education and tourism, which the whole county can be proud of. The design includes a 180-bed hotel, conference and event space, along with a health and wellbeing centre, to help deliver significant economic and social benefits to Oxfordshire.

The visitor experience, inclusivity and sustainability have been placed at the heart of the design.

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.

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

Oxford United Football Club has submitted a full planning application to Cherwell District Council for its proposed new stadium, designed by AFL Architects

Jon Clarke, Oxford United Development Director, 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.

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.

Submitting a full planning application comes after Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet gave principle consent to lease the triangle site to the club. Oxford United’s lease at the Kassam Stadium comes to an end in 2026.

This latest announcement comes a week after the club’s unveiling of its ambition to build the UK’s first all-electric stadium.

Source & imagery, courtesy: AFL Architects

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