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Bristol Rovers High Court battle against Sainsbury's ends - with no decision

A week-long legal battle over the future of Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium site concluded in the High Court today.

The hearing was called to settle an ongoing dispute between the football club and Sainsbury's over a land deal involving the club's current home in Horfield.

After six days the hearing finally drew to a close today, but Mrs Justice Proudman made it clear she would not make an immediate decision on what she described as an "extremely complex case".

She has instead reserved judgment until a later date.

Bristol Rovers is involved in a High Court dispute with Sainsbury's Credit Credit: ITV News

Mrs Justice Proudman, sitting in London, was told the football club agreed a deal with the supermarket chain in 2011, as part of its plans to move to a new ground on the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE).

The terms of the deal were that Sainsbury's would buy the Memorial Stadium for £30 million and lease it back to the club for a peppercorn rent until its move to the new ground was completed - at which time a new supermarket would be built on the site.

The club would use the money to finance the building of the new 21,700-seat stadium.

At the time the deal was made, the court heard, there was no planning permission or infrastructure in place, the costs were uncertain and Bristol Rovers were still negotiating with UWE.

The Club is hopeful that judgment in its favour will be made soon, allowing it to draw a line under this dispute and move forward with the construction of the new UWE Stadium and planning for next season in League 2.

– Bristol Rovers spokesman

Plans submitted for new Sainsbury's in Bath

Plans for a new Sainsbury's store in Bath have been submitted to the council Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plans have been submitted for a new Sainsbury's store in Bath.

The company has submitted the plans to Bath and North East Somerset Council to build a store on the current Homebase site near Bath Western Riverside.

The plans will be on display to the public a week on Friday.


Bristol Rovers' new stadium one step closer

Bristol Rovers new stadium Credit: Bristol Rovers

The Communities Secretary Erics Pickles has tonight approved a decision to let Sainsbury's build a new supermarket at the current site of Bristol Rovers Footabll Club.

That approval means that Rovers can now proceed with their joint scheme with the University of the West of England to build a new stadium on the UWE Campus in South Gloucestershire.

Sainsbury's unveils plans for £160 million development in Bath

Sainsbury's has revealed plans for a multi-million redevelopment of the land around its store at Green Park in Bath. The £160 million scheme would include a doubling in size of the existing supermarket, while creating offices and shops and building 270 new homes.

Sainsbury's in Bath Credit: ITV West

Green Park Station would remain but be given a makeover. The scheme depends on Sainsbury's striking a deal with Homebase for the DIY firm to move elsewhere in the city. The company aims to submit a planning application in the autumn but the new supermarket wouldn't open until at least 2015.