Ashton Vale stadium campaigners granted permission for judicial review hearing
Campaigners against a proposed new stadium at Ashton Vale have been granted permission for a full judicial review hearing.
Bristol City has received planning permission for the controversial 30,000-seater development, despite concerns from nearby residents who want the proposed site to be designated as a town green.
Bristol City Council decided to register the southern section of the site as a town green - but not the former landfill tip in the north of the site where the new £92-million stadium would be built.
However, campaigners are questioning the process by which that outcome came about.
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An application for a judicial review over the council's "split site" town green decision was made last September and delays the prospect of a start on the new £92 million stadium yet again.
If the review is successful, then it would prevent the stadium being built at all.
Today the Honourable Mr Justice Collins granted permission for the review, but in his observations, said "surely there is room for some compromise to avoid unnecessary cost and to obtain employment advantages".
In a statement, the campaign group's solicitor said: "Our client and the supporters of the village green at Ashton Vale are obviously very pleased that the court has recognised the merit in our application for judicial review.
"We look forward to a success at the full hearing, when the failure on the part of the council to register the village green in a lawful manner will be rectified."