Final planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of Swindon's Abbey Stadium.

Planners at the local authority gave the go-ahead this week for a £5m new stadium and neighbouring greyhound facility.

Initial planning permission was granted in 2011 to build the new facilities and housing by Swindon Borough Council.

The majority of the housing has been built but work on the stadium has been hit by delays.

Noise concerns for nearby residents was one of the factors halting work on the new stadium Credit: PA Images

This week's decision was originally scheduled for late 2018.

It was delayed because of concerns that building work would cause too much noise disruption for nearby residents.

The council's planning committee gave final approval on Tuesday 14 January for the demolition of the current stadium and the construction of a new one.

I understand the frustration along the way but there have been a number of reasons and Clarke Osborne from Gaming International was at the planning hearing and was as pleased as myself and Lee Kilby (Swindon co-promoter). It’s been nine years. It’s been emotional for so many people, but we now look forward to seeing the developers do their stuff.

Alun Rossiter Swindon Robins boss

We are overwhelmed by this news. It’s a great result and the stadium owners were present at the hearing and spoke positively about the plans. All going well the Abbey Stadium should have a new look by the end of 2020.

Lee Kilby, Rossiter’s co promoter