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Council leader slams stadium opponents

Posted on Thursday 28th November 2013 at 1:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Nick Higgs, Cllr John Calway and Prof Steven West at the UWE Stadium site.

The Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr John Calway, has slammed the TRASH campaign group for undermining the planned new stadium for Bristol Rovers and UWE in Stoke Gifford.

He made the criticisms whilst standing on the site of the planned new £40 million 21,000+ seat stadium with Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs and UWE Vice-Chancellor Professor Steven West.

Cllr Calway, who is also Conservative Group Leader and a Longwell Green councillor, said:

“This flagship new stadium on the UWE campus has the potential to be a massive boost for South Gloucestershire, our local economy and for our continuing efforts to secure a local legacy to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“We are confident that the new stadium will bring many benefits, not simply better facilities for supporters but also academic and local community facilities, and a much better location in relation to public transport, including bus, rail and planned MetroBus rapid transit.”

“That’s why we have been extremely supportive of Rovers and UWE’s plans throughout the development phase and why I am furious with the antics of the TRASH campaign group.”

“My message to TRASH is to stop damaging our efforts here in South Gloucestershire to work with UWE and Rovers to secure this unprecedented investment locally and all the economic, cultural and sporting benefits to local people that will come with it.”

Photo (L-R): Nick Higgs, Cllr John Calway and Professor Steven West on the site of the planned UWE Stadium.

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council.

Editor’s note: TRASH has been granted a judicial review of Bristol City Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of Bristol Rovers’ present ground in Horfield. This has delayed the start of construction of the UWE Stadium, as Bristol Rovers plan to fund the work using proceeds from the sale of their present ground.

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UWE Stadium construction set to begin in September

Posted on Wednesday 12th June 2013 at 3:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of Bristol Rover's proposed new UWE Stadium in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Construction work on Bristol Rovers’ planned new 21,700-seater stadium in Stoke Gifford looks likely to finally get under way in September following the signing of an agreement relating to the future of the club’s present ground in Horfield.

The club announced today that all parties have now signed the Section 106 agreement for the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium site, where a new Sainsbury’s superstore will be built.

Once the Section 106 agreement has been ‘sealed’ by Bristol City Council, a three month judicial review period will begin, after which the club will be free to complete the sale of the Memorial Stadium site to Sainsbury’s, thereby releasing the funds needed to build the new stadium.

Writing on the club’s website today, Chairman Nick Higgs said:

“I share your frustration with the delays in concluding this agreement, however, without any further delays, we should be on site at the end of September.”

“This is another great milestone for the stadium project and one big step closer to fulfilling our dream of building a new stadium for Bristol Rovers.”

Work on the new stadium is expected to take 18 months to complete, allowing Rovers to move to the stadium in time for the start of the 2015/16 season.

Preliminary work started earlier this year, when contractors moved onto the site to drill a series of boreholes to test ground conditions.

Related link: UWE Stadium (The Journal)

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Committee to take second look at UWE campus expansion plans

Posted on Wednesday 5th June 2013 at 12:31 pm by SH (Editor)

University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

Members of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee will tomorrow (Thursday 6th June) take a second look at an outline planning application for a major expansion of the University of the West of England’s (UWE’s) Frenchay Campus in North Bristol.

The plans include the erection of new buildings “for academic, recreation, administration and support purposes”, a 200-bed hotel and a new public transport hub.

If implemented, the so-called ‘UWE Masterplan‘ will allow the university to increase the number of students studying at the site from the present 18,000 to 25,000. The number of students living on campus would similarly increase from 2,000 to 3,500.

Councillors on the committee first considered the application at their meeting in May, but decided to defer a decision to allow time for a site visit, which subsequently took place on 24th May.

Stoke Gifford Parish Council has raised concerns about the potential for “rat running traffic flows along Long Down Avenue” if the university is granted its wish to re-open the currently unused “south entrance” onto that road (which serves the new Cheswick Village housing development). It has also asked for the junction of Long Down Avenue and Coldharbour Lane to be remodelled in order to “address the needs of the wider community and modes of transport other than the car”.

The council’s officers have recommended that permission be granted, subject to a number of conditions.

More: Full planning application for new students’ union »

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Another milestone reached in UWE Stadium project

Posted on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 10:00 am by SH (Editor)

Internal view of Bristol Rovers' proposed new UWE Stadium in Stoke Gifford.

Bristol Rovers FC have announced the passing of a further milestone in their project to build a new 21,700-seater stadium on land near the University of the West of England in Stoke Gifford.

A message on the club’s website says the three month period during which the granting of planning permission could have been challenged through a judicial review has now expired, leaving the way open for construction to start.

However, the club must still wait for the same milestone to be reached on Sainsbury’s plans to redevelop their current ground, the Memorial Stadium in Horfield, the proceeds from which will finance the new stadium.

On that front, club chairman Nick Higgs reports:

“Things are also progressing with the Section 106 [agreement] on the Sainsbury’s development at the current Memorial Stadium site, and we hope that will be signed in the very near future.”

Work on the new stadium is expected to take 18 months to complete, allowing Rovers to move to the stadium in time for the start of the 2015/16 season.

Preliminary work started earlier this year, when contractors moved onto the site to drill a series of boreholes to test ground conditions.

Related link: UWE Stadium (The Journal)

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