Judicial review into decision on Ashton Vale stadium, Bristol, is unexpectedly withdrawn
The Evening Post can reveal that the last obstacle to Bristol City building a new 30,000-seater stadium at Ashton Vale has been removed.
The application for judicial review into the city council’s decision not to fully ratify town green status for the whole site has been unexpectedly withdrawn.
With the club already having planning permission for the stadium, and Sainsbury’s in place ready to build a new supermarket on the site of the current Ashton Gate stadium, the club are now free to proceed with the development.
Councillor Simon Cook, deputy leader of Bristol City Council, and executive member for Sport and Culture, has welcomed the news that the judicial review has been dropped.
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In a statement on the Bristol City Council website, Cllr Cook said he was "over the moon" at the decision.
"This is a win for local people, who will have 20 acres of open space on their doorstep protected in perpetuity.
"It is a win for the club, who can press on with the development of their new stadium. It is a win for the people of Bristol, who will see an excellent new facility, and many new jobs created.
"Most of all though, this is a victory for common sense."
In 2008 the Evening Post exclusively revealed the news that Bristol City were planning to move from their current stadium to Ashton Vale.
See tomorrow’s Evening Post for full reaction and analysis.