Decision on Bristol Rovers' stadium due today
Bristol Rovers are due to find out today whether the final barrier to the club building a new stadium has been removed.
As reported in The Post the club is planning to push ahead with plans for a new stadium after Sainsbury’s was granted permission to build a supermarket at the club’s current ground.
The only thing that could still stop or delay the scheme would be if it was “called in” by the Eric Pickles – the minister for Communities and Local Government.
Bristol Rovers were expecting to hear last month on whether the planning application will get the go-ahead from Mr Pickles but the decision has been delayed twice.
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Despite the delay the club is still confident that the scheme will be backed by Mr Pickles.
Bristol City Council has voted to allow the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium in Horfield which in turn paves the way for the club to build a new £40 million stadium at Stoke Gifford.
Work is expected to start on the new home for the club in the summer and the new stadium will be ready in time for the 2015/16 season.
The new 21,700-seat stadium, which will be built on land owned by the University of the West of England, was given planning permission last year by South Gloucestershire councillors.
The club needs the money from the sale of the current ground to the supermarket chain in order to help fund the cost of the new stadium.
Tricia Thorpe, from Traders And Residents Against Sainsbury’s Horfield (Trash), have said the new store would lead to shop closures, unemployment, loss of consumer choice and “the devastation of a high street that is known across the country for its charm and variety of independent shops”.