Superstore stadium deal announced

29 October 2009 11:38
Bristol City FC has signed a deal with Sainsbury's to build a new store on the site of its Ashton Gate stadium.Tesco recently pulled out of talks to buy the site and its planning application for a store will now be withdrawn. [LNB]The club plans to leave Ashton Gate and build a £65m stadium in Ashton Vale using money from the sale of the land to help with the cost. [LNB]Plans for the stadium will go before city councillors on 4 November. [LNB]Sainsbury's and the club have exchanged contracts, but the deal is subject to planning permission for the new stadium being granted. [LNB]Planners will also be asked to consider an application for a hotel, car parking and some new houses on the greenbelt land at Ashton Vale. [LNB]The sale of the houses is expected to bring about £10m to the club which will be used for the new stadium. [LNB]World Cup[LNB]The club's chief executive Colin Sextone said: "This is a win-win for the local community, for the club, as well as for Bristol as a whole. [LNB]"Moving Sainsbury's across Winterstoke Road will help generate sufficient funds to build the new stadium. [LNB]"If Bristol is to benefit from a new stadium it is essential that we get best value for the existing site, and the board is unanimous that the agreement with Sainsbury's delivers this." [LNB]Jamie Baker, Sainsbury's regional development executive, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to improve our store and contribute to significant regeneration of a community we've been part of for almost 20 years. [LNB]"Although any development isn't likely to happen until 2013, relocating our existing store across the road to Ashton Gate will mean a new store with better facilities and the site will be made available for redevelopment." [LNB]Labour MP for Bristol South Dawn Primarolo said: "A new stadium is vital for the World Cup bid, and I'm very happy to give it my wholehearted support. [LNB]'Wait for details'[LNB]"The future of the Ashton Gate site has been a significant worry for residents, and I understand their concern. [LNB]"Sainsbury's need a proposal which delivers housing on their current site, and a superstore which takes into account the views of local residents at Ashton Gate." [LNB]Labour Group Deputy Leader and Bedminster councillor Mark Bradshaw said: "We will have to wait for the detail of Sainsbury's proposal, including on local traffic management and public transport links. [LNB]"But, if it brings much needed housing to our area, while delivering value for the club on Ashton Gate, it is certainly a much more preferable option to what has previously been on the table." [LNB]Construction tenders for the new 30,000-seat stadium - which has already been recommended for approval - have recently been issued.

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