OXFORD United are making ‘great progress’ on submitting a planning application for a new stadium.

The U’s are looking to build a new home at The Triangle, south of Kidlington Roundabout, as the club’s licence agreement at the Kassam Stadium runs out in 2026.

Previous forecasts for when a planning application would be submitted have been the autumn just gone or Christmas, but both those self-imposed deadlines passed with no application submitted to Cherwell District Council.

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In a Q&A interview through United’s website, the club’s development director Jon Clarke said: “We are making great progress. I fully appreciate the anticipation and the aim is to submit planning at the earliest opportunity.

“However, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity not just for Oxford United, but for Oxfordshire and beyond, and it’s crucial that we get it right.

“Following the public consultation and ongoing meetings, we have gathered a huge amount of feedback and are positively adapting our plans where appropriate.

“The scale of the response, which saw more than 70,000 people engage with the project, has meant our timescale has moved slightly.

“This is not unusual in a significant community infrastructure project of this nature. I expect us to be able to submit our full planning application soon.”

He added: “We are working on additional measures to further enhance connectivity, including a pedestrian bridge over Oxford Road.

“We have made a commitment for the bridge to be fully explored and our project team is looking at this as we speak.”