PLANS by Ecotricity boss Dale Vince to build a new stadium for
have been refused after a dramatic meeting tonight.
Stroud District Council‘s development control committee backed a proposal to refuse the plans by seven to four with no abstentions after a four hour meeting at Ebley Mill.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Vince said the decison was ‘disappointing and frustrating,’ describing the scheme as a ‘visionary project which would have been great for Stroud and for the football club.’ He blamed a ‘lack of big picture mentality’ for the decision.
Mr Vince added that there probably wouldn’t be an appeal, adding that there were other options for the land.
The application for Eco Park, on fields off junction 13 of the M5, had been recommended for approval.
The plans – submitted by Mr Vince’s energy firm, Ecotricity – include a 5,000-seater stadium designed by world-renowned architects Zaha Hadid.
Also included were a club shop, food and drink facilities, a fitness suite for FGR, two training pitches and 1,700 parking spaces for cars, coaches and bicycles.