FC United of Manchester's ambitions to build a new stadium in Moston have been given a significant boost as a bid to overturn planning permission was rejected.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side were given planning permission to build their new community stadium and sports facilities at Ronald Johnson Playing Fields but a legal challenge was then put forward by local residents.

The challenge was made in a Judicial Review with a court hearing held on 18th and 19th December 2012 in Manchester.

Manchester City Council was the defendant in the case and FC United also engaged a legal team as the ‘Interested Party’ to give the Red Rebels the best chance of success.

And the club recently learned that the challenge had been rejected, meaning the their planned move away from Gigg Lane, their current home, remains on.

A club statement said: “We have faced many hurdles over the last few years in building our club; in delivering real benefit to the communities we interact with and in showing that there is a better way for football.

“The building of our community facility in Moston will be the pinnacle to date of that work. As a member-owned club, our supporters have been an integral part of our achievements since our establishment in 2005.

“There will no doubt be a few more hurdles to come but we are confident that the club will remain resolute and we know that our supporters will redouble their efforts to bring our vision to fruition. We still have some hard work to do together in raising further funding through Community Shares and the Development Fund.

“For now, we recognise the major step forward this decision represents and the board and staff wish to thank all our co-owners and supporters for their continued faith in the vision and plans we have set ourselves.”

Posted on 28/01/2013