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Forest Green stadium plans rejected

Forest Green Rovers FC’s plans for a new 5,000-seater carbon neutral stadium have been rejected by planners.

The EFL League Two club had hoped to build the all-wooden stadium on land near junction 13 of the M5 near Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.

Stroud District councillors voted against the proposal on by a majority of three, citing concerns over noise, traffic and the impact on the landscape.

Plans also included a car park for 1,700 vehicles and two full size grass practice pitches.

Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition to design the new ground in 2016.

Club chairman Dale Vince said he was disappointed by the decision but had not decided whether or not to appeal.

The Zaha Hadid designed stadium had been set to be the centrepiece of a £100 million Eco Park development, but those plans have now been scrapped.

Image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.