Edinburgh will continue playing on international pitch at Murrayfield next season

Hold up in granting of building warrant has stalled move to a custom-built, 7,800-seater stadium on back pitches

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EDINBURGH RUGBY have confirmed that they will continue to play their home games on the international pitch at Murrayfield Stadium after their application for a new purpose-built 7,800 on the back pitches of the national campus got caught up in the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning process.

“The club applied for planning permission on 31 May 2018 along with the necessary building warrants from the City of Edinburgh Council. We gratefully received planning permission on 21 September 2018, but seven months on, the club continues to work with the council in order to bring the building warrant process to a conclusion,” explained a statement issued by the club at lunch-time today.

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“The club and Scottish Rugby remain committed to delivering a new stadium for the city’s professional rugby team and will continue to work proactively with their project consultants and the council to make this happen.

Edinburgh are hopeful that ‘mini-Murrayfield’ will be functional at some point during the course of next season, but that is fully dependent on the building warrant being granted.

“Gold Season Ticket Members from the 2018-19 season onwards will have priority when transferring to the new stadium and further details on this process will be communicated at the appropriate time,” said the statement.

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