Outline planning application for a new 5,000 capacity football stadium for Forest Green Rovers, close to Junction 12 of the M5 near Stonehouse have been refused, according to reports.
The club wanted to build an innovative, sustainable, wood stadium designed by the world-famous Zaha Hadid Architects. While the initiative had the support of Stroud Council officials, organisations such as Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership which supported the “landmark design” and said it would promote local economy, training opportunities and links to colleges, the proposals had received signification objections from a number of quarters, including the Campaign For Protection of Rural England’s Gloucestershire branch, and Eastington Parish Counciin which parish the new stadium would sit.
Zaha Hadid, the woman behind the famous architect’s price, died in 201. Among many iconic buildings around the world, she designed the famous aquatics centre, for the London Olympics in 2012.
Last year Nailsworth-based Forest Green Rovers was described by FIFA as the greenest football club in the world, and in 2017 was officially recognised as the world’s first vegan football club. Now they’ve gained another global accolade – the world’s first United Nations certified carbon neutral football club. The club has signed up to the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now initiative, which aims to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.
The original submission for the site by Forest Green Rovers included eco technology park, but this was removed from the club’s submission last year.
At the time of submission in 2016, Forest Green Rovers’ chairman, Dale Vince, said the stadium would be the greenest in the world. He said: “We’ve done as much as we can to make our current stadium properly sustainable but we are limited with what we can do. It simply wasn’t built with the environment in mind.”
Forest Green Rovers’ 2018/19 season came to an abrupt end when the club fell by a single goal on aggregate to Tranmere Rovers in the semi-finals of the League Two play-offs,
Since his arrival, FGR’s Manager Mark Cooper has seen Forest Green Rovers progress season-on-season, having secured the club’s first promotion to the Football League, maintained that status in his second full season and then gained a fifth-place finish in his third campaign.