OXFORD United's managing director warned fans to be patient after the club confirmed proposals for a new stadium at Stratfield Brake.

The U's revealed yesterday that the sports ground, south of Kidlington, is their intended location for a new home.

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A leaked letter that emerged on Sunday night outlined proposals for an 18,000-capacity stadium, training and community sports grounds and hotel, retail and conference facilities.

United have made a formal proposal to landowner Oxfordshire County Council to lease the site for 250 years, which will be discussed at its next cabinet meeting a week today.

Officers have recommended the deal is approved in a report published on the council's website.

Even if it goes through, the club have to enter into negotiations with the council before they can seek planning permission from Cherwell District Council.

Supporters are understandably excited by news on United's search for a long-term home, but the plans are light on detail at this time.

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Certain aspects, such as the proposed cost of the project, are yet to be revealed and managing director Niall McWilliams explained why.

He said: “We’ve been working on this for many years so we have a really clear idea.

“However, all of those aspects are subject to planning and we’re absolutely assuming zero.

“In terms of the detail, it’s very difficult for us to give specifics at this moment in time.

“We need to wait for a decision to be made and from there we’ll hopefully be able to give people a little bit more detail of the project and what it entails.

"There’s an awful lot of work and an awful lot of planning."

He added: “We’ve looked at the infrastructure of that area.

“We’ve done some initial work on that, but that will take place in earnest should it be approved.”