The original planning application for a stadium and associated facilities at Meadow Park was officially “determined” at the planning committee meeting of Gloucester City Council last night.\r\n\r\nAs the club indicated in the lead up to this action being requested, it now allows City to move forward with a scaled down stadium design on the same site, thereby reducing some of the concerns raised around the original application for the site.\r\n\r\nPaul Duncliffe, planning consultant to the Ltd Company, stated after the decision had been ratified: “With this hurdle being cleared, we can now continue our dialogue with Officers of the Council and Environment Agency and look to progress submission on the new scheme.\r\n\r\n”We are therefore pleased to advise, positive discussions have been held with the Highways Authority concerning access to Meadow Park and work to satisfy the Environment Agency is well advanced with regards to the overall development due to scaling down.\r\n\r\n”It is hoped with a favourable wind that with their (EA) approval; the plan for the scaled down stadium could be submitted in around 4 – 6 weeks and dependant on that timing, the planning committee could be asked to consider full consent in 8-12 weeks”.\r\n\r\n“The Ltd Company is required to work within the requirements set it, not only by the Planning Committee Members and Officers but the other agencies on whom the Committee is reliant to find favour with everything affecting this particular site.\r\n\r\n”We worked hard on the original plan but came to realise, some of these requirements, which also involved many different landowners, were only going to cause significant complications and indeterminable delay, hence the route we have now resolved to follow.”\r\n\r\nDuncliffe continued to re-emphasise how important it was to bring the Tigers back to Gloucester as quickly as possible.\r\n\r\n“The football side of the club has made great efforts over recent months following its restructure and the Ltd Company realise the stadium development is instrumental, in promoting their resurgence. It is imperative on the planning side that we remain focused and bring our club back to the City”.\r\n\r\n“We are committed and continue to explore all avenues, as mentioned in previous statements. Meadow Park can and does offer certain advantage’s against other possible sites.\r\n\r\n”We will keep all options under review but I re-emphasise we are working towards our main aim, to get the club a stadium back here in the City approved before the end of this current year.”
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