Timeline: Bristol Rovers' stadium supermarket campaign
- 20 March 2014
- From the section Bristol
Talks over what to do with Bristol Rovers' home ground have been a long running saga. The club first mooted plans to expand the Memorial Ground in 2005. Those were later ditched in favour of a 21,000 seater stadium on the outskirts of the city. Here is how the story developed.
June: Bristol Rovers applies for permission to expand Memorial Stadium
October: The football club announces plans to develop the Memorial Stadium into an 18,000-seater ground.
September: Revised plans for the stadium are submitted
January: Bristol City Council grants planning permission to expand Memorial Stadium following a consultation.
January: Bristol Rovers and Bristol City Council sign the legal agreement that will allow work to start on the re-development
June: Plans are to be delayed by a year.
June: Bristol Rovers Football Club proposes a move to a new £40m stadium near the city's ring road.
December: Contracts are signed for a new Bristol Rovers stadium. The football club reached a deal with University of the West of England (UWE) and Sainsbury's so it can build a new stadium on university ground.
April: Hewlett Packard criticises UWE Stadium plans in its submission to the planning process, primarily on the ground that it would devalue neighbouring commercial properties.
May: A planning application to develop a supermarket on the site of a football stadium in Bristol is submitted to the city council.
July: South Gloucestershire councillors approve plans for 21,700 seat stadium on UWE land. They vote 12-1 for the development at Stoke Gifford subject to certain conditions.
November: Bristol City Council delays its decision on whether the Memorial Stadium can be redeveloped by Sainsbury's. It says it wants more time to consider the effect a stadium would have on traffic in the area.
January: Plans for a supermarket and 65 homes and apartments at Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium are backed by Bristol City Council. The plans are referred to the government for approval.
14 January: A petition on the Bristol City Council web site supporting the Sainsbury's plans is signed by 1,750 people.
March: The government gives the go-ahead for plans to build a supermarket on the football ground in Bristol.
September: Campaigners TRASHorfield submit request to the High Court for judicial review into the Sainsbury's planning application. The Green party donates to the judicial review fund.
November: A High Court judge rules a judicial review into plans for a supermarket at the Bristol Rovers football ground can go ahead. Bristol mayor George Ferguson and Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie speak out against it and urge people to sign a petition opposing the judicial review.
5 March: A petition in support of Bristol Rovers' plans to sell their football ground to Sainsbury's is handed in to Downing Street.
13 March: Judicial Review held at the Bristol Civil Justice Centre before Justice Hickinbottom. Bristol Rovers chairman, Nick Higgs, says it is "excellent news" a final decision will be revealed on 20 March.
20 March: Justice Hickinbottom dismisses the judicial review paving the way for the supermarket - and stadium - to be built.