Stadium clears government hurdle

12 March 2010 09:01
Plans for a new £60m stadium for Bristol City Football Club will not be called in by the government.The club is planning to build a new 30,000-seat stadium on greenbelt land at Ashton Vale. [LNB]The plans were backed by Bristol City Council in November 2009 who said they were "minded to approve" the scheme. [LNB]The Government Office for the South West could have called the plans in, which would have led to a public inquiry. [LNB]'Significant step'[LNB]The club's updated plans, which include new transport proposals, will be considered by the council in the next few months. [LNB]Bristol City chief executive Colin Sexstone said: "This is great news and another major hurdle overcome. [LNB]"The decision by the Secretary of State to let Bristol City Council determine the application is a significant step forward. [LNB]"It has been the culmination of nearly two years of hard work to bring the project to this stage." [LNB]Environmental groups opposing the development had claimed endangered wildlife would be put under further pressure and transport links would not be capable of coping with increased traffic. [LNB]The stadium relocation depends on the club finding a buyer for Ashton Gate. [LNB]Sainsbury's has signed an agreement to buy the land at Ashton Gate and has also recently submitted plans for a new supermarket.

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