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Decision on new stadium expected before Christmas

Forest Green Rovers stadium
Zaha Hadid Architects

A decision on whether to grant Forest Green Rovers permission for its proposed 5,000-seat wooden stadium, is set to take place a week before Christmas.

A Stroud District Council spokesman confirmed a second attempt to determine the football club’s eco-friendly stadium, planned to be built near junction 13 of the M5, is expected to be held on December 18.

The authority’s development control committee rejected the League Two side’s proposed arena in June by a majority of three, over concerns of noise, traffic, and the impact on the landscape and the local community.

Plans also include a 1,700-space car park and two grass training pitches.

FGR chairman Dale Vince had hoped the “sustainable stadium”, designed by Zaha Hadid, would allow his team to aim for promotion, and said during the council meeting it would bring employment and investment opportunities to Stroud.

The club's current ground in Nailsworth, called the New Lawn, is powered by renewable energy, recycles rain water and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans.

Woman dies after M5 crash

Police car

A woman died following a crash involving a lorry and a car on the M5.

The collision happened at about 6am on the M5 southbound between junctions 22-23 on 16 November.

The woman, who was driving the car, received serious head injuries and was taken to hospital but died over the weekend.

Avon and Somerset Police are keen to speak to anyone who was on the M5 on Saturday morning who may have seen the incident or has dash cam footage of the collision or shortly before it happened.