OXFORD United’s planning application for a new stadium has been validated by Cherwell District Council.

The latest step means a raft of planning documents have been made available via the local authority’s online planning portal.

Noted alongside the documents is a target decision date for the application being set at June 21.

The U’s announced at the end of last month that a full planning application had been submitted to the district council, for the construction of a 16,000-capacity ground at The Triangle, south of Kidlington Roundabout.

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A covering letter for the application states: “Oxford United’s current home, the Kassam Stadium, is unsustainable in a number of ways, and remote from public transport.

“With the current agreement for the Kassam Stadium coming to an end in 2026, there is an urgent need to develop a new stadium, in order to protect the future existence of one of the oldest football clubs in the UK.

“Much like the county of Oxfordshire, Oxford United comes from a proud heritage and rich history.

“The club has aspirations for a new stadium to be a community landmark which contributes meaningfully to the economy and society of Oxfordshire.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to provide a new home for sport, entertainment, business, education and tourism for the whole of Oxfordshire to be proud of.”

If approved, the stadium, which has a proposed maximum height of 24.6m, will be situated in the southern part of The Triangle site, on a north-west/ south-east axis.

A pedestrian concourse will run around the perimeter of the ground, in addition to a community plaza and fan zone to the north.

The application further states: “The proposed development will retain the woodland to the south of the site, whilst also looking to protect and enhance other vegetated buffers where possible.”

It adds: “In terms of events, it is not proposed that the stadium will host concerts. However, it will be utilised for a wide range of activities including conferences, meetings, trade shows, corporate events and dinners. Over the course of a year, it is anticipated that around 580 events will be hosted.”