Dale Vince of Ecotricity has the ambition to build a flagship 5000 seater football stadium for Forest Green Rovers on one side of the A419 between the Starbucks (ex Little Chef) roundabout and the Motorway, supported by an even more massive industrial estate on the other side.
He calls this an ‘eco park’ because some of the building methods and materials are supposed to be ‘low carbon’ and state of the art, and he ‘wants’ it to be a ‘green technology’ hub. (Oh yes, and he is a vegan). There is nothing intrinsic to the outline planning application to ensure that this would be the case, although some (as yet unknown) mitigating obligations would be made part of the conditions if planning permission were to be granted.
It is clear that the effect on all our local roads would be catastrophic. Westend, one of Eastington’s oldest hamlets, already being attacked on one side by the WoS development, would be annihilated. The residents of William Morris College would be seriously affected. The tranquil and rural nature of our parish would receive yet another body blow – and for NO GOOD REASON.
Very few people ‘want’ the football stadium just there. The lack of any sort of public transport in the area totally negates any ‘green-ness’ of the building itself or any sustainablility claimed. The business park would largely serve to suck businesses from Stoud town centre and other population centres of the district – including, probably, the Ecotricity offices themselves, causing more people to have to drive to work – hardly green or sustainable.
The planning application was submitted to Stroud last year, but is so full of holes (particularly on traffic analyses) that no date for determination has yet been set. The whole project is so completely outside the newly minted Local Plan that it is an embarassment to democracy that the application is even being considered at this time.
There are, however, some elements in SDC who see this as some sort of ‘achievement’ – thinking perhaps that it will drive new money into the District. We think it would just move things around a bit – and even it it does draw some business in from outside, the cost in terms of the inevitable traffic chaos and loss of facility is overwhelming. At present there is a perfectly adequate demonstrable land-supply for business distributed around the district where it is needed. Ecotricity are trying to deny this, just as they are trying to fudge the traffic figures with so-called experts pitted against each other, all just costing more money- some of theirs, and a lot of ours!
We believe that this nonsense must be stopped for good, and not allowed either to become some sort of nightmare reality, nor to drag on for years sucking resources from our District and County Councils for no reason other that to satisfy egos.
You can see how things have developed over the past year or two on our archive site
You can see all the gory details, and have your say on the
The Planning Application Ref: is S.16/0043/OUT
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