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Forest Green’s new stadium gets planning boost

Forest Green Rovers have passed another hurdle in their bid to build a new ‘eco’ stadium after the government approved a decision to grant planning permission.

Stroud District Council’s decision to allow the new stadium for the EFL League 2 club will not be called-in for further investigation.

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, with access for the local community.

Chairman Dale Vince said that the ‘right decision’ had been made and said that the stadium would take at least three years to build.

Critics of the scheme for the stadium next to junction 13 of the M5 say it is not part of the local plan and the club’s current home in Nailsworth will suffer economically.

It will take two years to complete the stadium, according to the architects.

Mr Vince said the earliest possible opportunity for a match there would be “three years from now”. Vince said in a tweet:

Good news, Eco Park is not being called in by the government.  It CAN go ahead. Great news. A waste of three months and I am sure it was politics at play, but the outcome matters more.  We can push on now with more detailed designs and next steps. We are on our way.

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