A DECISION on Dumbarton FC’s proposed £13.5million stadium relocation has been delayed.

A decision was due to be made on plans for the 4,000 capacity stadium at Young’s Farm in Renton next Wednesday.

The Reporter understands that a major issue behind the further delay is concern that any development of the site should be in full harmony with the Local Development Plan.

A statement from the club’s owners Brabco said: “While we had hoped that a decision on our application would be made at the end of January, the additional time gives us a great opportunity to build on the massive support for these plans.”

West Dunbartonshire Council leader Jonathan McColl has publicly supported the controversial plans, saying he “wholeheartedly support[s] this proposed move”, subject to any roads, environmental and other issues being resolved through the normal planning process.

He also said “the proposed development will see not only enhanced facilities for our local football team and fans, but more publicly available facilities developed.”

However, the plans are being opposed by two community councils – Silverton and Overtoun, and Bonhill and Dalmonach – who have lodged objections with the council.

They state that the environmental and social costs of the development “far outweigh” any potential economic developments.

Simon Barrow, spokesman for the Sonstrust supporters’ group, said: “The decision the entire council will now discuss the community stadium proposal for Young’s Farm emphasises this is a major decision for and about the whole of Dumbarton.”