Village green laws to be changed
CITY council leaders have welcomed government plans to change the rules on controversial village green laws that can scupper major developments.
Ministers yesterday announced a new package of economic growth measures, which include new limits on using town and village green legislation to block developments.
If the changes had been in place earlier they could have cleared the way for the building of a new stadium for Bristol City FC at Ashton Vale. But it is not yet clear whether the government plans to back-date them so that they could be used on town green cases already underway, such as Ashton Vale, where campaigners are locked in a legal battle with the city council and landowners as they try to stop any building on the proposed stadium site.
City council leader Simon Cook said: "It's too early to say what effect, if any, this will have on the hopes of Bristol City fans for a new stadium at Ashton Vale. But I was in London yesterday talking to ministers about this aspect of what they're doing and they said they were considering it."
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