FC United of Manchester ’s new stadium was given the go ahead today after residents attempting to stop the construction failed at the High Court.
A judge ruled in a judicial hearing that the club should be allowed to go ahead with building a 5,000-capacity complex in Moston.
Manchester City Council, the defendants in the hearing, were supported by FC United, who instructed their own legal team as an ‘interested party’.
The club have shared Bury’s Gigg Lane ground since emerging as a result of the Glazer family’s takeover of Manchester United in 2005.
The club had been granted permission to build on the Ronald Johnson playing fields but local residents had objected, forcing a judicial review.
A statement released by the club detailed the results of the hearing and what the future holds for the club.
“FC United is delighted to announce that the judge has rejected the claim to quash the planning permission for our development in Moston,” said the statement.
“After receiving planning permissions for the development of a community stadium and sports facilities at Ronald Johnson Playing Fields in Moston, a legal challenge was made to the Planning Permission by some local residents.
“We are delighted that the judge has now rejected the claim and his decision is a huge step forward towards us achieving our aim of building our own ground and community facility in Moston.
“We understand that some residents remain opposed to the development but look forward to ensuring that the new facility is an asset that provides a widespread benefit to the local area.
“Whilst welcoming the decision, we do have a few further issues to clarify before we can start building.
“We have faced many hurdles over the last few years in building our club; in delivering real benefit to the communities we interact with and in showing that there is a better way for football.”
The club admitted there are still battles to be won before the stadium is completed, but believes it would be the peak of their young history-laden life.
The statement continued: “The building of our community facility in Moston will be the pinnacle to date of that work.
“As a member-owned club our supporters have been an integral part of our achievements to date.
“There will no doubt be a few more hurdles to come but we are confident that the club will remain resolute and we know that our supporters will redouble their efforts to bring our vision to fruition.
“We still have some hard work to do together in raising further funding through Community Shares and the Development Fund.
“For now, we recognise the major step forward this decision represents and the board and staff wish to thank all our co-owners and supporters for their continued faith in the vision and plans we have set ourselves.”
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