By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have moved a step closer towards building a world-class training headquarters that Football Insider understands is likely to cost nearly £30million.
The Yorkshire giants were given a major boost today when the City Council’s executive board accepted a recommendation from planning chiefs to sell a site on the edge of the city centre to the club for a new training base.
This comes after extensive work behind the scenes between the United hierarchy and decision-makers in the city.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the entire project, which will house the first team as well as the academy, is likely to cost closer to £30million than the original £25million set aside.
The club are committed to building a world-class facility that will bring it in line with the leading Premier League clubs.
It will include high-class performance sports pitches and gyms, specialist nutrition facilities and physio rooms as well as a Category One status academy set-up.
There are a number of hurdles still to climb in the planning process before building work can begin and it is set to be a number of years before the new training ground is completed.
Nevertheless, the green light from the council to acquire the site on the northern edge of the M621, just a few hundred metres away from Elland Road, is a key development.
Site surveys will need to be undertaken and the club will need to submit a detailed planning application within the subsequent next 12 months, that will require a full public consultation process.
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