The stadiondossier in a nutshell: Club Brugge wants a new stadium for 40,000 spectators rely on to establish the industrial park to the Blankenbergse Steenweg. The Flemish government approved in October 2017, the Regional Spatial implementation Plan. Only would the landowners of the plots on that plan expropriated. Against that decision attracted a number of parties to the Council of State with the request to the plan null and void, among them Joris Ide (minority shareholder at Anderlecht) and Paul Gheysens (owner Antwerp).month
About a month comes the 'auditeur' of the Council of State with a recommendation. In the summer, to take a final decision. But in the meantime, the new city of Bruges, lord mayor Dirk De fauw (CD&V) to do to the likelihood of success of the stadionproject as high as possible. “Of those on the litigation, I already have a very number of personally seen,” he says. “I have a feeling that they are willing to find a compromise where everyone in the sails. I got clear signals that they, under certain conditions, of course — are willing to take all procedures to stop it.”
That does however not apply to Paul Gheysens. The fauw suggests that he is the owner of Antwerp are trying to achieve, but so far without success. And so thinks the politician with his administration even though after about scenarios where there is no agreement will be found with the bouwmagnaat. “Mr. Gheysens is the owner of only three acres in the whole plan. That is a very small part. Maybe there is the possibility of a new plan, in which the boundaries of what can move, so that the grounds no longer within the area. He is the owner of an island somewhere in between.” And would the stadium and associated business park will still be constructed.
That would also be a good thing for city rivals Cercle Brugge. From the moment that Club to its new stadium moves, will Jan Breydel be converted to a stadium for 12,500 spectators.
The parties involved did not wish to comment on the statements of the mayor.