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Irish FA submits planning for £29m stadium

The Irish Football Association has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the Windsor Park stadium in Belfast with the cost esimate up from £26m to £29.2m.

If they go ahead, the proposals will increase the capacity of the stadium to from 14,500 to 18,000 by September 2013. Work will include demolition of the existing south stand, new south and east stands and the refurbishment of the north and west stands.

The IFA said, “This is exciting times for the redevelopment of the national stadium and for the Irish FA. A substantial amount of work has already gone into this project and we are now at the planning application stage.”

The formal application follows a consultation process with stakeholders throughout Northern Ireland. The application was led by Hamilton Architects, Planning Consultants RPS and the Irish FA.

Raymond Holbeach from RPS said: “RPS are pleased that the planning application and supporting environmental reports have been submitted on time.

“The planning application has been submitted following an intensive period of community and statutory body consultation as well as completion of environmental and transport assessments that influenced the development of the design for the Stadium.”

Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson, said: “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.”

The plans are part of a £110m sanctioned by the Northern Ireland Executive to develop regional stadiums as part of its key capital programme for the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure - £25.2m of the £29.2m is coming from government funds.

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