By Andrew Greaves
Manchester City's multi-million pound plans for a new football academy and training campus is set to be given the green light by city planning chiefs today.
The proposed youth development and first team academy in Openshaw will be built on an 80-acre brownfield site next to the Etihad Stadium.
It will include 17 pitches and a 7,000 capacity stadium for youth matches.
Manchester City Council's planning and highways committee will meet today and discuss the plans.
The planning officer's recommendation is to approve the plans, subject to a list of 49 conditions, which is not wholly unusual for a development of this scale.
The scheme was first revealed in July and a planning application was submitted to the council in September.
If approved, all aspects of the Club’s youth development, first team training and operations functions would be brought into the one location in the heart of East Manchester and would include:
A home for up to 400 young players who will train and study alongside senior players, with a clear development pathway to the first team
Brian Marwood, the club's chief football operations officer, said: "It is important to also make clear that the development and recruitment of youth talent is at the heart of our long term strategy of building a successful and sustainable football club for the future.
"The opportunity to build a world class facility supported by a well researched youth development plan would be a significant step in the realisation of that strategy.”
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