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Judge refuses permission for campaign group appeal

Campaign group TRASHorfield have been refused permission to appeal a decision clearing the way for Sainsburys to build on the Bristol Rover's Memorial Stadium ground.

We are pleased to hear that permission to appeal has been refused. Although there is now another week in which TRASHorfield can appeal this finding, we hope that they will accept what are two very clear decisions.

– Bristol City Council spokesperson


Rovers respond to news of appeal to judicial bid

Rovers' statement:-

We have today received notice that TRASHorfield have asked for leave to appeal the High Court’s decision to throw out their complaints put forward at a Judicial Review hearing.

The appeal refers to their second original claim regarding retail mitigation.We are extremely disappointed that the decision reached by Mr Justice Hickinbottom is being ignored, and this minority group continue to challenge a democratic decision made by Bristol City Council that has been upheld in the High Court.

This application will cause an initial further seven days delay to a project that will have such wide reaching benefits to the local community.

The judge now has seven days to respond to TRASH and advise whether he will grant them the right to appeal.

– Bristol Rovers Football Club

Councillor resigns from campaign group over row

The campaign group TRASH has announced it's to seek leave to appeal the judicial review decision which cleared the way for Sainsburys to build at Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium.

The group, Traders and Residents Against Sainsburys Horfield, last week lost their judicial review against Bristol City Council, claiming the authority did not follow correct planning procedure in granting a supermarket the right to build on the football club's current home.

The High Court judge must now consider the bid to appeal that judgement in the next seven days.

ITV News can reveal Green Party councillor Daniella Radice has quit her post on the campaign group saying she felt the opposition to the stadium had gone as far as it could.

Bristol Rovers draw with Southend at the Mem

Rovers top scorer John-Joe O'Toole was denied his 16th goal of the season. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Bristol Rovers ended a run of two straight defeats with a goal-less draw against Southend at the Memorial Stadium last night.

John-Joe O'Toole had the Pirates' best chance with a header, but Shrimpers' goalkeeper Daniel Bentley denied the midfielder his 16th goal of the season.

The visitors almost won the game with five minutes left on the clock, but substitute Jamar Loza headed over from just four yards out.

Rovers move up to 17th in League Two - five points ahead of the relegation zone before this afternoon's matches.

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Decision to be made on Memorial Stadium plans

A High Court judge is tonight effectively ruling on the future of Bristol Rovers as he hears the case for and against a supermarket being built on the football club's current ground. Opponents say city planners didn't have the full facts when they granted permission for a Sainsbury's store.

Our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne reports.

Rovers stadium move hangs on judicial review

Bristol Rovers want to build a new stadium on land at the University of the West of England.
Bristol Rovers want to build a new stadium on land at the University of the West of England. Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bristol Rovers' hopes of moving to a new football stadium are hanging on the result of a judicial review which starts today.

The review will decide if the planning process that awarded Sainsbury's permission to build on the club's current ground was followed correctly.

Rovers would use the money from the sale of the Memorial Stadium to build a new home on land at the University of the West of England.

A campaign group, TRASH, says the development would ruin independent traders nearby.

Rovers stadium petition to go to Prime Minister

The club wants to build a new stadium at Stoke Gifford but needs to sell the Memorial Stadium site Credit: Bristol Rovers

A petition calling for a new stadium for Bristol Rovers will be handed in to 10 Downing Street later. Almost 13,000 signatures support the plans for the current site to be sold to Sainsbury's and a new stadium built in Stoke Gifford.

A rival group is worried about the impact a supermarket would have on the local area.

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