Councillors in Oxfordshire have been recommended to agree the freehold sale of land at Kidlington to Oxford United for a new stadium.

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday, September 19 will consider a report from officers which recommends councillors note the results of stakeholder engagement exercises carried out earlier this year and to agree to proceed with the sale of land, known as The Triangle, south of the Kidlington roundabout, to the football club.

The freehold sale of the 7.3-hectare site would be subject to planning permission being granted and the production of a zero carbon plan by the club which must be costed with timescales.

The land will have restrictive covenants to ensure it remains limited to use for stadium and sport purposes in perpetuity.

Councillors will also be asked to agree that funds from the sale must be used for the benefit of the local community.

The club has to vacate its current home, the Kassam Stadium, by June 30, 2026. The new 16,000-seat stadium, which will have a 200-room hotel, will mean full-time employment for 340 and there will be around 20 apprenticeships.

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