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Barcelona's Nou Camp Nou could be delayed

Barcelona's new 600 million euro stadium, the Nou Camp Nou, still hasn't been approved by Barcelona city council.

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Barcelona's Nou Camp Nou could be delayed

Delay to the Nou Camp Nou

Barcelona's new 600 million euro stadium, the Nou Camp Nou, may well be delayed, according to newspaper ARA, who say the club still don't have the permits required to carry out the work, despite hoping to have the project finished by 2021. 

Barcelona seeking approval for the Camp Nou

According to ARA, Barcelona presented their plans to Barcelona city council during July, as part of the General Metropolitan Plan. A document of some 300 pages that needs to be approved by Janet Sanz, planning boss for Barcelona and head of the Les Corts district, Agustí Colom.

Once Barcelona have their approval the plan will need to be put before the city council. Barcelona reckon that only the left leaning CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy) party are likely to raise objections and that the plan should pass without problems.

Barcelona hope to have the work finished by 2021

However, under Barcelona's estimated timing, once the plan has full approval there will be a delay of nine to 15 months before the start of the works, while the detailed project is written up and the necessary permits obtained. This procedure could well push the finish date of the Nou Camp Nou to beyond 2021. 

Furthermore, Barcelona needs to find financing for the project and bring its debt level down to under 200 million euros (it currently stands at 271 million euros).

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