Ecotricity Reveal New Plans For Forest Green Rovers Eco Park
Ecotricity has today revealed revisited plans for its long-awaited Eco Park development – the new home for Forest Green Rovers (FGR), next to Junction 13 of the M5 motorway in Gloucestershire.
The revisited plan includes the all-wooden 5000 seat stadium for FGR – approved in December 2019 and the use of land on both sides of the A419 to include a green tech business park.
The site will feature 38k sq metres of office space and 18k sq metres of industrial space, designed to host companies working in the zero carbon economy.
The development is expected to contribute around £150m to the local economy annually, while generating £2m per year in business rates for Stroud District Council.
The full plan, submitted on Thursday (27th Jan) aligns with proposed changes to the local plan, and the district council and Gfirst LEP’s intention to bring green industries and knowledge-intensive sectors into the M5 growth zone.
Ecotricity will also build a comprehensive new training facility at Eco Park for FGR. This would bring training back into the district for the first time since the club went professional – due to a lack of facilities in the area.
The new training complex will bring together the youth, academy, women’s and first team together, and has already secured the backing of Forest Green Rover’s partner, Candriam – the global leader in sustainable investing.
Subject to planning approval, Ecotricity hopes to begin work on initial training facilities this spring.
Dale Vince, Founder of Ecotricity, and Chairman of Forest Green Rovers, said: “It’s taken a long time to get here, but Eco Park and the local plan are now aligned and we are measurably closer to being able to start work.
“With Eco Park we’ll be able to properly push the boundaries of sustainable development. The beating green heart of this project will be the lowest carbon football stadium in the world ever, at least since the Roman’s invented concrete – which is fitting given we’ve got Roman remains on the site.
“We’re hoping to get to work on training facilities in the next couple of months – and ultimately create a fantastic facility for all elements of the FGR football family to train together.”
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