Friends of the Earth forces inquiry over Euro 2008 stadium

A Scottish Friends of the Earth group has forced a public inquiry into the building of a football stadium for Euro 2008 on a greenfield site.

Aberdeen Friends of the Earth objected to a planning exemption which would allow Aberdeen Football Club to develop a stadium together with a leisure and retail park if the country wins its Euro 2008 football bid.

Gregor McAbery, vice co-ordinator at Aberdeen Friends of the Earth, blamed "political pressure" which allowed the exemption to an original planning ban on the site. "Building on the green belt should not be allowed if it is simply to boost the profits of developers at the cost of the community," he said.

"The local community will finally have an opportunity to have their voices heard when these plans are put before an independent public inquiry. Given all the problems with this site, we are confident that the proposal will be rejected," he added.

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