Nottingham Forest Football Club has been given the go ahead by planners to redevelop the Main Stand on the City Ground site.

The approved plans include the rebuilding of the Peter Taylor Stand to create 5,000 more seats as well as public space and parking.

The £94 million scheme will raise the capacity of the stadium to around 35,000.

The Premier League club said it was ‘delighted’ by the decision of the Rushcliffe Borough Council Planning Committee to uphold the recommendation of its Planning Officers that the Club’s application for planning permission should be approved.

The club said in a statement:

Today’s decision represents a significant landmark in the journey to redevelop the historic City Ground site and represents the culmination of 3 years of dedicated work by the Club and its advisers.

We believe that the development of the site is crucial to maintaining the club’s status in the Premier League and all of the benefits to the local community and economy which this status brings.

The development will also represent the physical manifestation of the desire of the Club’s owner Mr Marinakis to leave a historic legacy at the football Club.

 The decision now opens the door to the Club to have detailed discussions with its advisers and partners on how and when the development will be delivered. These discussions will be undertaken as soon as practicable.

Documents show the club has also applied for permission in principle to build a 13-storey apartment building.

The development is expected to be phased over a number of years, with the stadium needing to be completed prior to the housing.