World’s only vegan football club gets green light for sustainable stadium

Forest Green Rovers

Nailsworth-based Forest Green Rovers has been given the green light to built a new sustainable stadium after being granted outline planning permission by Stroud District Council

After submitting revised plans to Stroud District Council, having seen the first attempt rejected back in June, the council’s planning committee voted in favour of the designs, with six in favour and four against.

Eco Park, designed by Zaha Hadid, will be a 5,000 capacity state-of-the-art wooden stadium on Junction 13 of the M5, along with landscaped parking and two pitches, one of which will be a 4G playing surface, with access for the local community.

Chairman, Dale Vince, said that the ‘right decision’ had been made and said that the best case for seeing the stadium come to fruition would be at least three years.

“Well done to the committee, this is where the project starts. It’s been five years of work. And we’d been looking for a site for the previous three.”

“It’s going to take us years to get the stadium built, there’s still a lot of work to do. Best guess is three years to get it built if we start tomorrow.”