New stadium update

New Stadium

As you are no doubt aware plans for the new stadium have been resubmitted.The Supporters’ Club has consistently supported the planning applications by Ecotricity for both the new stadium and the consequent and subsequent  redevelopment of The New Lawn for housing. Formal submissions were made to the local planning authority. Whist the Local Planning Authority (LPA) does not appear to have noted the receipt of the SC submission in the lists of submissions in the report to the Development Control Comittee at its meeting on 12th June 2019, the text refers to the SC submission.   We will be making a new submission aiming to add to previous submissions to reflect the comments and concerns expressed at the Planning Comittee meeting and the formal reasons for refusal published by SDC.
TNL is a wonderful ground but FGR has been a victim of its own success- it will be an emotional wrench to leave the ground and the area. Last season’s Supporters’ survey though showed fans were frustrated with the growing problems associated with The New Lawn trying to cope with our increased crowds. There are difficulties with access, parking and the inability of the infrastructure ( space, electricity and water) to meet demand. Changes have been put in place to try and ease these pressures, but a new stadium is the preferred best option for the majority of fans.
The club has had the vision to plan a stunning new stadium in an ideal location. This will meet our first team football needs, allow training on-site for the Academy & Women’s team and offer opportunities for community use. It will showcase the gateway to Stroud, give further publicity to the green values inherent in the project and ensure the canal project receives funding it needs.

Please can you support the application; the planning committee need to hear from FGR fans as well as the anti-stadium lobby from Eastington residents.If you do send something in please remember to emphasise the positives of the new site, canal restoration, iconic wooden stadium wooden, gateway to Stroud, minimal impact on the area, green values of the project, community use etc.See attached ‘Update on the New Stadium’.

Thank you to those who have already lobbied their councillors

Here is a short film  (3 mins 38secs) that will give you some useful background information.

You can send your thoughts to planning@stroud.gov.uk or better still email/write to individual councillors. Addresses of the 12 members of the planning committee are below.cllr.miranda.clifton@stroud.gov.ukcllr.chris.brine@stroud.gov.ukcllr.john.marjoram@stroud.gov.ukcllr.tom.williams@stroud.gov.ukcllr.stephen.lydon@stroud.gov.uk,cllr.jessica.tomblin@stroud.gov.ukcllr.jenny.miles@stroud.gov.ukcllr.dorcas.binns@stroud.gov.ukcllr.mark.reeves@stroud.gov.ukcllr.martin.baxendale@stroud.gov.ukcllr.nigel.cooper@stroud.gov.ukcllr.sue.reed@stroud.gov.uk

It’s helpful to quote planning ref S.19/1418/OUT  Link to Stroud District Councillors by name giving their ward & party:- https://www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/your-councillors/your-councillors-by-name