Gloucester City would like to provide a further update on progress towards its return to a purpose built stadium in the City.\r\n\r\nFirstly the club is delighted to have now been able to sign off the Unilateral Agreement after intensive negotiations over the summer.  This commits the club to make a significant contribution to flood defences elsewhere in the City, and also allows the outline planning permission granted last year to be drawn down.\r\n\r\nThat outline planning permission levies 45 reserved matters on the club, and we are working on multiple fronts to resolve those with the aim to make an application to gain approval of reserved matters in October.\r\n\r\nWe hope these will be dealt with by Gloucester City Council around December or January, being very conscious of the very high workload for the planning department at the moment.\r\n\r\nThe club remains hugely grateful to those working hard to achieve this next milestone, the clubs own planning team, Roberts Limbrick Architects, a number of external consultants and Gloucester City Council Officers.\r\n\r\nThe club has continued to hold regular meetings with the FA, Premier League and Football Foundation about grant funding options.  Grant funding is a very complex piece of work, and there is much to do in this area, but gaining full planning will help the club to develop this vital area.\r\n\r\nFinally, it should also be noted that dialogue with the City Council continues on the development of Youth and training facilities at the Blackbridge site.

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