On behalf of Ecotricity, the planning team at Ridge is delighted to have secured planning permission for a 5,000 capacity football stadium and other ancillary uses including two full-sized grass pitches, parking and highway improvements at M5 Junction 13, West of Stonehouse, Stroud. The planning team led the planning process, including community liaison. Whilst in outline form, the design principles were embraced within the submission documents.
Members of the Stroud Planning Committee were minded to grant permission in December of last year, however the Government office issued an article 31 Direction meaning that the Secretary of State (SOS) wanted to consider the application before permission was granted. The SOS confirmed last Thursday (5th March) that the application is not to be called in and the development can go ahead. The approved scheme will provide a landmark stadium within Stroud District. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the stadium is of an extremely high quality and meets the highest standards in terms of architecture and sustainability. The building, which will provide a new home for Forest Green Rovers Football club, will be of low carbon and low impact, with measures introduced to minimise energy use, water, waste and pollution. Made almost entirely out of wood, the new building will be the first of its kind in the world and will be sited in parkland where some five hundred trees and 1.8km of new hedgerows will be planted. The planning team at Ridge is now leading the submission of the reserved matters application.