Leicester City stadium redevelopment given thumbs up by city planning bosses

The stadium is set to be transformed

Planning bosses have given their approval to the huge redevelopment of the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Leicester City Council’s planning committee will sit on September 14 to vote on the scheme – at the fourth tine of asking.

Ahead of that, the scheme, which will remodel both the north and south stands – as well as the extension to the east stand, in a move that will increase the stadium’s capacity by 8,300 to 40,000, has been recommended for approval by Leicester City Council’s planning officers.

Leicester City’s owners have plans to build a 15-storey, 220-room hotel and a 6,000-capacity indoor arena that will host live events. The plans also outline a footbridge from the hotel to the revamped east stand and new office a commercial space, a multi-storey car park and 234-apartment residential scheme would also be included.

The Foxes say that the earliest the work on the east stand would be completed would see it open for the start of the 2024-25 season.

The new east stand would have five levels and include a new fan bar, a lounge for premium ticket holders, hospitality facilities, a sensory room for children and a fanzone.

The Foxes had hoped to start work on the the project early this year after submitting the plans last November.