Green electricity company, Ecotricity, has submitted updated plans to build a new football stadium for Forest Green Rovers FC and a green technology business park next to Junction 13 of the M5 in Gloucestershire .
When completed, the Stroud-based firm estimates the entire development will create 5,000 new jobs (3,500 on site and 1,500 off), contribute £150m a year to the county’s economy and will generate £2m a year in commercial rates for the district council. .
Planning permission for the 5,000 seater all-timber stadium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects was granted in December 2019, but updated plans contain details of the pitch on both sides of the A419; the proposed business park with its 38,000 square meters of office space and 18,000 square meters of industrial space; a nursing home and a hotel with 100 rooms.
The new plans, submitted to District Council on Thursday 27 January 2022 and according to Ecotricity, seek to formally align the scheme with proposed changes to the local plan – and Stroud District Council and the aim of local business partnership GFirst LEP to attract green industries and knowledge – intensive sectors to the region.
Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and chairman of Nailsworth-based Forest Green Rovers, said: ‘It’s taken a long time to get here, but Eco Park and the local plan are now aligned and we are significantly closer to being able to to start to work. ‘
A four-month archaeological dig is now due to take place. Work could then begin as early as spring 2022 on the first phase – a training complex for all Forest Green teams backed by club partner sustainable investment firm Candriam.
By Andrew Merrel
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Thursday, January 27, 2022