Plans for the redevelopment of the Leicester City stadium are expected to be approved – expanding its capacity to 40,000 seats.

Proposals submitted to Leicester City Council, King Power Stadium would gain a new hotel, commercial and residential space, a multi-storey car park and a club retail store, as well as 8,000 additional seats.

Officials have recommended the council should approve the plan at a planning and development control committee on Wednesday 14th September.

A report to members said the main objective of the application was increased capacity.

The report stated that a bigger capacity will mean the stadium is fit for concerts and non-sporting events, enhancing the profile of the city in hosting such events and contributing to the economy and cultural offering.

The report says the scheme would bring social and environmental benefits, as well as a significant contribution to economic activity through increased employment and expenditure from construction of the development.

The site, which is located 1.6km from the city centre, covers an area of around 9 hectares, which includes the current football stadium and its surroundings along with the recently purchased single-storey National Grid building to the east of the stadium.