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Application to list Memorial Stadium rejected

An application to list the entire Memorial Stadium as a war memorial has been rejected. The gates to the stadium are already grade II listed. The move would have prevented a supermarket development on the site but English Heritage says the stands are not of sufficient interest.

English Heritage says the stands are not of sufficient interest Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers' new stadium plans face further delays

The gates to the Memorial Stadium are already listed by English Heritage Credit: Jamie Carstairs

Bristol Rovers' plans to build a new stadium have been hit by another delay.

The club have agreed a deal to sell their current home, the Memorial Stadium, to Sainsbury's to fund a new arena in Frenchay.

But they now have to wait while English Heritage consider an application to have the whole Memorial Stadium site listed as a war memorial.

The bid has been made by Jamie Carstairs, a photographer who works at Bristol University. He doesn't think it is right that a Sainsbury's is build "on a war memorial" created in the wake of the First World War.

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"It's the result of the season"

"It's the result of the season. We were always confident but never complacent. The process has cost us time and money. It's annoying but hopefully we can get in site soon and aim to start playing at the new stadium in August 2015."

-TONI WATOLA, Director of Bristol Rovers Football Club

Toni Watola from Bristol Rovers FC: "We were always confident but never complacent." Credit: ITV News West Country

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Decision due on Memorial Stadium redevelopment

An architect's impression of the proposed Sainsbury's supermarket. Credit: Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers Football Club should find out today if the redevelopment of their current home can go ahead. A judge will rule if city planners correctly followed procedures when they granted permission for Sainsbury's to build on the Memorial Stadium site.

Opponents claim the supermarket will hit trade on Gloucester Road. Bristol Rovers need to sell the site to finance their move to a new ground at UWE in Stoke Gifford.

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.

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