WREXHAM AFC may have to leave 600 seats empty in their new Kop stand as part of a planning permission condition. 

Since Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds took over the Reds, there has been a large focus on redeveloping the Racecourse Ground. 

Demolition has begun following the approval of plans last year. 

The planning committee at Wrexham Council approved the club’s proposal to redevelop the Kop on November 7, 2022.

However, the formal permission was received on January 12, 2023, following the successful resolution of the delegated matters and agreement over the conditions.


One of the conditions agreed upon is that only 4,900 seats can be used out of the 5,500 capacity until the impact of the phosphate can be accurately quantified. 

Concerns were raised by the council over the phosphate levels following new targets introduced by Natural Resources Wales.

The club states they have 12 months to secure the removal of the condition. 

A Wrexham AFC spokesperson said: "The planning permission that is now on the public record, includes a condition to the effect that the 5,500-capacity Kop can only be used by 4,900 spectators until such time as the phosphates impact can be accurately quantified and an appropriate mitigation identified.

"Accepting this condition now allows the Kop works to progress and remain on schedule to be completed prior to the commencement of the 2024/25 season.

"The club’s advisors now have 12 months to secure the removal of this condition and there are no significant concerns around achieving this."