Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards has met with Nottingham Forest chairman Nicholas Randall to discuss the club’s £100 million stadium expansion plans.
A few days before the current coronavirus advice was issued, Ruth visited the City Ground to look as the proposals to expand to a 36,000-seat stadium – the largest in the East Midlands - plus a residential development and improved supporters' facilities.
A planning application is currently being decided by Rushcliffe Borough Council and Ruth has given the proposals her full support.
“The City Ground is an iconic stadium in English football but it needs redevelopment to allow the club to move forward with its ambitions and I am very supportive of what Nicholas and the owners are trying to achieve,” Ruth said.
“These are exciting plans for a new Peter Taylor Stand and a residential development which will be a striking addition to the cityscape along the river.”
“People are rightly focused on coronavirus at the moment but we need to make sure that big investment projects, like this, are still moving forward. This redevelopment will benefit not only Forest itself but will also bring extra trade to many local businesses.
“I sincerely hope the planning application is approved very soon as the club needs certainty and the community, as well as Forest fans everywhere, will want to see the club able to plan for the future.