FOREST Green owner Dale Vince has confirmed the club’s new wooden stadium is a step closer as it will no longer face independent assessment.
Stroud‘s MP Siobhan Baillie had backed calls for an application to be called-in after planning consent was approved in December, and there was a request for the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government Robert Jenrick to call-in the application.
A call-in is when a local authority no longer has the power to decide a planning application, and an inspector then carries out an inquiry into the proposal.
Posting on Facebook, Mr Vince wrote: “Latest news on Eco Park, It’s not being called in by the government, meaning it can go ahead.
“Such great news, I’m a little beside myself.
“Yes it was a waste of three months and I’m sure it was politics at play – but the outcome matters more.
“We can push on now with the detailed design and all the other next steps – plenty more hurdles to cross, but this is a big one off the list.”
Forest Green’s outline bid was accepted by councillors in December, after six votes in favour of the plans with four councillors voting against.
Back in June the club initially had their first bid rejected after councillors voted against the eco-friendly stadium planned to be built next to J13 of the M5 by a majority of three.
They had cited concerns over noise, traffic and the impact on the local community.
The club put forward new changes to the proposal.
According to a report published on Stroud District Council’s website, the new proposal for the League Two side’s football arena was tweaked to include increased matchday transport and an impact study on Nailsworth, where the club’s current home is.