IMAGE: photo from the Peter Taylor stand. Photo taken by: Natasha Bolstridge

Nottingham Forest have made more progress in their bid to refurbish the Peter Taylor stand. The City Ground has not seen any major developments since 1994.

The plans for the redevelopments were announced earlier this year, which will make it the largest stadium in the East Midlands.

The current Forest ground’s capacity is 30,445 and the development will take this to 38,000.

A planning application was submitted to Rushcliffe Borough Council earlier this month and, if accepted, the work should begin next summer.

George Ramsay, who runs an Instagram account which posts all things Nottingham Forest, explained his thoughts on the plans: “The Peter Taylor stand has always stood out as being the smallest stand…the plans to redevelop the City Ground are brilliant and necessary.”

IMAGE: celebrations from the Peter Taylor stand. Photo taken by: Natasha Bolstridge.

The project is expected to take 15 months from start date to completion which will create a 10,000 seat tier. The developments will include a new club shop and a club museum.

“We are selling out most games, so it’ll be a great chance for those who aren’t able to get tickets to get to the City Ground.”
Natasha Bolstridge, 24.

Another positive of the redevelopment is the jobs it will create. The club currently sustains more than 850 additional jobs locally and this is expected to rise to 1125.

Sam Winch, Forest’s academy coach, explained how the changes will help the community: “It will bring in more tourism to the area and nationally recognise Nottingham as one of the finest sporting cities in the UK.”

Forest are having a successful season with 19 games being played so far with nine wins putting them fifth in the league.

Lifelong fan Natasha Bolstridge, 24, described how the new design will improve stadium access for fans: “We are selling out most games, so it’ll be a great chance for those who aren’t able to get tickets to get to the City Ground.”

The project is being branded as: “Born in Nottingham, designed in Nottingham, built in Nottingham, from and for the people of Nottingham.”

There is a hope that as many as 5,000 seats could be available in the Peter Taylor within the first few months of the work beginning.

Mr Ramsay also explained what the developments could mean for the future of the club, “The redevelopment should help to attract high quality players and staff which will hopefully lead to improved results on the pitch,” he said.

Forest are keeping fans updated on their website with information, pictures and videos so head to: www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/thenewcityground/ for updates.