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Friday, 12 October, 2001, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Mayor backs Arsenal plan
Arsenal's Highbury ground
Arsenal are looking to leave Highbury
London mayor Ken Livingstone has given his backing to Arsenal's proposed new 60,000-seater stadium at Ashburton Grove.

Arsenal are still waiting for planning permission for the 150m project, but the support of Livingstone is a major boost.

Livingstone's planning decisions manager Giles Dolphin said: "Having considered the report, the mayor has concluded that he supports the application proposals in principle because of the benefits involved."

Livingstone has reacted in favour to Arsenal's dedication to local community benefits, including health, education, leisure and employment training opportunities, as part of their proposals.

However, Dolphin added: "Further negotiations are required regarding an increase to the public transport financial contributions that are currently on offer."

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