GREEN LIGHT FOR MILLERS’ NEW STADIUM PLANS

Rotherham United Football Club looks set for a new home after the council granted planning permission for a new 12,000-seater in the town.

Outline planning permission was granted to redevelop the old Gest and Chrimes site on the outskirts of Rotherham, but due to the size of the stadium, final approval must be given by the Secretary of State.

Millers’ chairman Tony Stewart said: "We are delighted that the council have supported the application."

The South Yorkshire club has been playing at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium since 2008, after failing to agree a deal to remain at Millmoor.

The new stadium is expected to cost around £20m and will take two years to build.

"This is a significant regeneration scheme in Central Rotherham, which is proceeding at a pace despite the worst recession in 30 years," added Stewart.

"It represents another significant step towards our goal of bringing the Millers back home to Rotherham and we're all determined to make Rotherham United a Football Club that everyone in the town can not only be proud of but will feel a part of too."

Posted on 25/11/2010