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Ebbsfleet United stadium redevelopment plans approved

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Image caption Plans are for a "complete building" instead of four stands

The redevelopment of a Conference South football team's stadium has come a step closer after planning permission was granted by the borough council.

Ebbsfleet United has been given full planning permission for the Stonebridge Road stand redevelopment.

Outline planning permission was also given for the other three sides of the stadium by Gravesham Borough Council.

Work on the Northfleet stadium's new main stand is due to begin in May, a spokesman for Ebbsfleet United said.

The club said it has also concluded the purchase of the Stonebridge Road site in Gravesend.

"Major step"

The redevelopment of the stadium is expected to cost up to £8m, with £3.5m being allocated to the new main stand.

The new stadium would increase capacity from just over 4,000 to 6,000, the club's chairman Peter Varney said.

The club said its current main Liam Daish stand, constructed mainly of timber, was deemed to be at the end of its life by local safety officers.

Mr Varney said: "This is a major step in the future progression of this football club."

The council chamber's public gallery was "packed" with Fleet fans for the planning meeting, the chairman said.

"It's another example of how enthusiastic the supporters are," Mr Varney said.

"They've been behind us home and away and off the field too."

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