Permission given for Stoke City's Britannia Stadium capacity to pass 30,000
STOKE City has been given permission to expand its stadium to accommodate more supporters.
And community leaders have also praised the Potters for their work in addressing match day traffic problems.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council yesterday approved the club's application to fill in the south-east corner of the Britannia Stadium – between the South Stand and Seddon Stand – to add 1,750 extra seats.
The scheme will increase the ground's capacity to more than 30,000.
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The multi-million project – the first since the Potters moved to the Britannia Stadium in 1997 – will also see the giant scoreboard moved to the north-west corner, where a new two-storey television studio will be built.
The club has also agreed to pay a £22,000 lump sum, as well as £5,000 a year, to help tackle traffic problems the expansion may cause.
No additional parking was requested as part of the application with planning officers keen for the Potters to improve the existing travel scheme.
Cash from the club is expected to be used to create more residents' only parking schemes in surrounding neighbourhoods.
Designated areas for coach parking and taxis could also be set up around the ground.
Councillor Tom Reynolds said: "The traffic problems are not insignificant but I commend the club for working with highways officers to look at ways of resolving some issues."