Agreement reached over Ashton Vale legal proceedings
A formal agreement has been reached between the city council and town green campaigners over the ending of legal proceedings on the future of Ashton Vale.
The Post exclusively revealed last month that the council had taken the shock decision to stop contesting the case.
Since then, both sides have been meeting to agree terms and these talks have now ended.
The council has now submitted a consent order to the court to formally end the proceedings.
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A new public inquiry is now expected to follow on the future of the northern part of the 42-acre site which includes the former landfill tip where Bristol City FC wants to build its new £92 million stadium.
Campaigners mounted a legal challenge after councillors decided last June to only register the southern area of the site as a town green - effectively giving the go ahead to the club to build its stadium.
The campaigners argued that new evidence gathered by the club should be tested under cross-examination at an inquiry.
It is almost certain that councillors will follow the recommendations of the independent inspector after the new inquiry is held.
If they decided not to, then it would probably lead to yet another long and expensive legal wrangle over the future of the site.
A council spokesman said: "Upon the court's approval of the order, the council intends to seek submissions from the parties before finalising the next steps in relation to the northern part of the site.
“No decisions have been made on this process, however we shall make every attempt to move to this next stage as speedily as possible."