Bristol

Bristol stadium representations deadline extended

Ashton Vale
Image caption An inspector has recommended the site be granted town green status

The deadline for submissions for and against developing land earmarked for Bristol City FC's proposed new ground has been extended.

Plans for a £92m stadium at Ashton Vale were granted planning permission, but an inspector later recommended the site be granted "town green" status.

The club - and residents who want the land protected - were given three weeks to respond to the inspector's view.

The council now says they must make further representations by 9 November.

A Bristol City Council spokeswoman said either party could then comment on the further representations by 30 November.

To be declared a "town green", applicants have to demonstrate the site has been freely used for recreational purposes for 20 years or more.

The results of the inspector's report were announced on 16 September.

A Bristol City FC spokesman said: "Both our side and the opposition have to digest the report, which is quite long."

A local resident, who did not want to be named, said: "It will be right behind my house.

"The traffic's going to be horrendous with all these new houses they are going to build with the plan."

The final decision on "town green" status rests with the city council.

The spokeswoman said council had been in negotiations with the football club over the time extension.

She said once the further evidence was assessed, it could either refer the matter back to the inspector or set a date for the public rights of way committee to consider it.

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