It's expected to be a showcase of how green investors can go. The new Forest Green Rovers stadium finally received its planning permission last night and might go under construction in 2020.
Yesterday the Stroud District Council held a vote on proposed Eco Park stadium scheme submitted by Forest Green Rovers. It was already the second vote after the project was shot down in June, against recommendations of the planning officers.
Wednesday saw a different outcome, one to celebrate for FGR investor Vince Dale. However, it was still close this time with the outline planning permission passing with 6 votes in favour and 4 against.
Opponents fear the negative effects a stadium might have on nearby facility for children with special needs. Also, the economic impact of FGR leaving their current home in Nailsworth remains an issue. The club's current ground is expected to be demolished and replaced with 80 affordable homes.
Despite success in the vote, the project might still be subject to opposition. For now, however, it's time to celebrate for Forest Green Rovers. Their planned home, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is expected to be the very first modern stadium to be built almost entirely using wood.
In its initial configuration the ground is expected to hold 5,000 people, with option of expansion to 10,000 once demand warrants such move. A parking site with 1,500 places is also expected, which should see 500 trees planted between the cars.