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Bristol City stadium project gets go-ahead

Plans for Bristol City FC’s new £60M stadium will not be called in by the government, it has been announced.

As the application is on green belt land it was referred to the secretary of state to decide whether to “call in” the application for an inquiry.

The announcement presents a significant step forward for club, whose plans for the 30,000-seat stadium on greenbelt land at Ashton Vale received an 8-1 “minded to approve” verdict from the local council’s Planning Committee last month.

Capita Symonds is providing Project Management, Cost Management and CDMC services on the Populous-designed project which is expected to be completed in 2012.

Situated in the Ashton Vale area of the city, just 1km from the team’s current home at Ashton Gate, the new stadium will have a 30,000 capacity which could be expanded to 42,000 if England hosts the World Cup in 2018. Last year Bristol was named in England’s World Cup bid as one of 12 potential host cities.

The stadium will be an all-hours venue capable of holding events such as concerts, conferences, banquets and trade shows, as well as acting as a hub for community led enterprises.

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