Huge update on City Ground dispute as Nottingham Forest and City Council prepare for announcement

A general view of the stadium as fans arrive ahead of the Premier League match at the City Ground
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Nottingham Forest are ready to abandon plans to move to a new stadium as they close in on an agreement to remain at the City Ground - their iconic home for the last 125 years.

According to The Athletic, negotiations between the Reds and their landlords, Nottingham City Council are “at an advanced stage”. The report adds: “If everything goes to plan, the news will be communicated officially in the coming days.”

Forest and the city council have been in dispute for some time over the lease of the City Ground, with the local authority reportedly wanting to increase the rent they are paid from £250,000 a year up to £1m.

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Forest, meanwhile, had been offered the chance to buy the stadium freehold for £10m, but were said to be considering moving elsewhere instead, despite the long history of the club at their current Trentside location. A site in Toton, several miles from Nottingham city centre, was identified as an option.

However, according to The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor, progress has now been made that would mean Forest soon being in a position to press ahead with plans to turn the City Ground into a 40,000-seat stadium. A significant amount of planning has already taken place for the development of the Peter Taylor Stand.

Taylor writes: “The council owns the land where the stadium is based and negotiations broke down earlier this year over the amount of money the club should be paying for the lease.

“Amid a series of claims and counter-claims, it also emerged that the club had spent several months looking at a proposed site in Toton, six miles out of the city centre, for a new 50,000-capacity stadium.

“Forest’s hierarchy have been made aware that the majority of fans did not want to leave the City Ground, with anti-Toton chants being heard at their final home match of the season.”

“Some sort of announcement is now expected to happen on Monday and the early signs are that it will be positive news for the fans.”

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