Bristol Rovers must wait until next month before learning if Sainsbury's bid to build on their Memorial Ground home has been approved. Bristol City Council has already given the go-ahead and the Department for Communities and Local Government was expected to rule today.
But Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP has asked for more time before making a judgement. Rovers are ready to start work this summer on a new stadium in Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire, on land owned by the University of the West of England.
Sainsbury's were controversially given city council permission to build a supermarket on Rovers' present Horfield site despite a campaign by local independent shopkeepers who said their trade and the wider community would be harmed.
Bristol City councillors backed Sainsbury's bid to build on the Memorial Stadium which will now trigger the club's move to a new £40 million stadium on land at the University of the West of England at Filton in South Gloucestershire.
A decision on whether a giant supermarket can be built at the home of Bristol Rovers is expected later this evening. It's crucial to the football club's intended move to a new ground in South Gloucestershire.
Sainsburys applied to redevelop the Memorial Stadium- which has been recommended for approval. But, as Richard Payne reports, there's significant objection:
Bristol City Council will decide tonight whether to allow a Sainsbury's store and more than 60 homes to be built on the site of the Memorial Stadium. Bristol Rovers want to demolish it and build a new ground. The plans have been recommended for approval.