Ridge and Partners LLP  has submitted the outline application and Environmental Impact Assessment to Stroud District Council for the new Forest Green Rovers stadium and Eco Park.

Led by Paul Fong, head of planning at Ridge, the Eco Park will be an exemplar for new sustainable working practices providing a hub for green technology businesses within Gloucestershire.

Ecotricity aims to push the boundaries of sustainability, and at the heart of the Eco Park concept is an aspiration to create an overtly low carbon development. To achieve this aim, the development will embrace innovative building design and construction; green energy production and infrastructure; the circular economy; sustainable transport; sustainable urban drainage (SuDs) and the adoption of best practice ecological management and enhancement.

Mr Fong said “The development will provide significant investment into the Gloucestershire economy. The development also aims to address Stroud’s climate change agenda and in formulating the proposal, the design team have driven the infrastructure away from car led travel by encouraging the use of alternative means of transport; mainly cycling. In the centre of the development will be Forest Green Rover’s new stadium; a stunning piece of architecture providing a significant new landmark for Gloucestershire.”

FIFA has recently described Forest Green Rovers FC as ‘the greenest football club in the world’. It is also the first and only vegan football club in the world and it is the only club to be certified carbon neutral by the United Nations.

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