Bristol Rovers new stadium plans approved

Bristol Rovers proposed new stadium from above
Image caption Work on the stadium is expected to begin in January 2013 with a completion date of Spring 2014

Plans for a new 21,700-seater stadium for Bristol Rovers have been approved.

South Gloucestershire councillors voted 12-1 for the development at Stoke Gifford to be approved subject to certain conditions.

These include provisions for the local transport infrastructure and the prevention of uncontrolled on-street car parking near the stadium.

A spokesman said the stadium will be a "very welcome addition" to the area.

The plans for the land, which is beside the University of the West of England (UWE), also include a club shop, bar, gym, offices, and a 1,000 space car park.

A teaching space for the university will also be incorporated within the development.

Hedgehogs protected

Sainsbury's has already applied to develop the club's current ground in Horfield into a supermarket.

Councillor Dave Hockey, said: "The council has worked closely with the applicants to ensure that the stadium benefits the local community and includes necessary transport and parking arrangements."

Conditions on the stadium application also include a restriction on open air music concerts, the installation of CCTV in the area, and a plan to safeguard hedgehogs on the site.

South Gloucestershire Council received more than 1,100 letters supporting the proposal and about 150 objecting to the development.

Work on the stadium is expected to begin in January 2013 with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2014.

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