Bristol City's plans to move a new purpose-built stadium at Ashton Vale have been dealt a blow after the site was recommended for use as a town and village green.
But the Robins, who submitted plans to Bristol City Council for a new 30,000-seater stadium, hotel, restaurant, housing and other development in July 2009, remain confident they can still achieve their goal.
Chief executive Colin Sexstone told the club's official website: "We are naturally disappointed to hear about the report. However, it is only once Bristol City Council has formulated its own recommendation that we will be able to assess what the future holds for the stadium project.
"Bristol City Council assures us that it is doing everything in its power to find a way forward on this and until it makes its decision, it's business as usual for us.
"The Council wants to see a new regional stadium on this site as much as we do and we have every confidence we can achieve that goal together.
"Moreover, Bristol City Council accepts the report has far wider implications than just the stadium and thus it is essential there is a hasty resolution to the matter. Registering a 42-acre development site as a Town and Village Green will have a major effect on the whole of South Bristol as it is likely to completely stifle any future investment and employment opportunities."