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Forest Green to appeal stadium plan rejection

Forest Green Rovers FC are appealing the decision by Stroud District Council to refuse planning permission for their new wooden stadium.

Councillors voted against the proposed plans to build what would be the greenest football stadium in the world by a majority of three.

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.

However, club chairman Dale Vince has decided to appeal the decision citing the reasons given to dispose of the plans as ‘bizarre’.

At the same time, Forest Greenwill resubmit the application and are already in discussion with the council about some minor change that could provide more clarity to the proposal.

Designed by world renowned architects Zaha Hadid and made almost entirely out of wood, it would be the first of its kind in the world.

With a capacity of 5,000, Eco Park would be sited in parkland where some five hundred trees and 1.8km of new hedgerows would be planted. The club said in a statement:

We’ve done a huge amount to showcase sustainable initiatives at our current ground, The New Lawn, but Eco Park will take our sustainable thinking to a new level entirely as well as helping us to meet our ambitions on the pitch.

The appeal process could take up to 12 months and we will update fans with any significant movements.