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Ebbsfleet stadium redevelopment plans to go before council for first time

Plans to increase the Ebbsfleet United's stadium capacity to 8,000 will be heard before Gravesham Council’s planning committee next week. The redevelopment plans were originally announced in October 2022.

Ebbsfleet stadium plans and redevelopment scheme

The Ebbsfleet stadium development plans are part of a wider regeneration scheme called Northfleet Harbourside. The applicant, Northfleet Central 1 Limited, is looking to gain planning permission for the mixed-use redevelopment of the National League club’s stadium.

Involved in the scheme is the demolition of existing buildings on the nearly 50-acre brownfield site that is part of the Northfleet Industrial Area. If planning permission is given, the project will include a new retail village with around 40,000 square metres of shops, cafes, sports facilities, a nursery, medical services, and community venues.

The retail village will be located alongside 3,500 homes, a 300-bed hotel, 18,000 sq m of office space, 2,600 car parking spaces, and a new 18,000 sq m football stadium with up to 8,000 seats.

Ebbsfleet stadium capacity to increase

The existing Ebbsfleet home ground, called Kuflink Stadium, holds around 4,769 people, but the redevelopment plans would nearly double that. On the Northfleet Harbourside website, they say that “Ebbsfleet United FC is at the heart of the new neighbourhood, securing the long-term future of the club by building a new multi-purpose 8,000-capacity stadium.”

They also outline two bullet points on their website with a future vision for the new stadium.

  • “The new venue will provide best in class public amenity, catering, tiered seating and safe standing areas.
  • “Designed as the centre piece of the masterplan, the new stadium will act as the connector between Northfleet Harbourside’s districts and the existing community.”

Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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