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EFL thumbs up for Forest Green stadium

The English Football League (EFL) has given the go-ahead for Forest Green Rovers to build theire new ‘eco’ stadium in Gloucestershire.

Eco Park, designed by Zaha Hadid, will be a 5,000-capacity state-of-the-art wooden stadium on Junction 13 of the M5, along with landscaped parking and two pitches, one of which will be a 4G playing surface.

Club chair Dale Vince said he now hopes the club will be in a position to move to its new ground in three or four years’ time. Vince said:

There’s a lot of work to be done. We need a new road, there’s a business park attached to it, but that’s the place where we hope to become and stay a Championship football club.

From an environment point of view, 75% of the carbon footprint of all stadia in their entire lifetime comes from the materials they’re made from. It’s not about the energy used to run them, it’s embedded on day one. We’ll have the lowest carbon footprint of any stadium anywhere in the world since the Romans invented concrete.

The EFL’s decision is the latest landmark in the League Two club’s long-running bid to build a new stadium.

In June 2019, Stroud District Council’s planning committee refused the plans on the grounds of noise, traffic and impact on the environment.

The plans were later approved when changes were made to include an all-weather pitch which could be used by the local community.