Ebbsfleet United announce 8,000 capacity new stadium plans close to Northfleet's historic harbour

Friday 08th July 2022

EBBSFLEET UNITED have announced plans for a new 8,000 capacity stadium within a 40 acre brownfield site located in Ebbsfleet, close to Northfleet’s historic harbour.

“Its redevelopment will bring up to 3,000 new jobs in the retail, leisure and service sectors, including apprenticeships during construction and end use employment opportunities, providing a real boost to the local economy,” said a club statement.

The plans will also secure the long-term future of the club by building a new multi-purpose 8,000 capacity stadium.

“The vision is to design a new and vibrant neighbourhood with new homes, shops, cafes, offices, medical services and community venues,” added the club statement.

“There will be over 3kms of new pedestrian and cycle links through the community and along the Thames improving connectivity to Gravesham town centre, and publicly accessible green spaces across the site.

“This unique opportunity will consider the sites natural waterfront position and diverse cultural heritage, creating a place for everyone and attracting new visitors to the area.”

A spokesperson from the Northfeleet Harbourside said: “We are pleased to be bringing forward this exciting proposal in Gravesham, with a new stadium for Ebbsfleet United FC at the heart of the new neighbourhood.

“Stonebridge Road Stadium is a special place for the club and its supporters and as such we need to continue investing in its facilities to not only ensure we comply with modern safety regulations, but to also secure the long-term future of the club.

“The new venue will provide best in class public amenity, catering and tiered seating for the supporters, alongside wider community benefits including a new sports medical facility.

“We are excited about our plans for Northfleet and look forward to meeting with residents, businesses and the wider community to discuss our proposals.”

Consultation is planned for this summer when initial plans for the regeneration of the site will be shared with the community. Residents will have the opportunity to share their ideas through interactive workshops to be held at the stadium.

Following consultation and the development of the proposals, an outline planning application is likely to be submitted at the end of this year to Gravesham Borough Council.

Visit Ebbsfleet United’s website: www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk