Forest Green Rovers’ hopes of building an eco-friendly football stadium near the M5 have been dashed - after councillors rejected the plans.
The League Two club had hoped to secure outline planning approval when Stroud District Council met to discuss the proposals last night.
But in a shock move, councillors voted against building the new ground - citing concerns about noise and landscaping.
Dale Vince, Forest Green Rovers’ chairman, said he was “disappointed” by the decision and that fans would be devastated.
He told ITV News he was unsure if he wanted to “waste” another year appealing the ruling.
It’s a struggle where we are for sure and it will be hard for us to realise our ambition of being in the Championship.
Planning officers had previously recommended the stadium - which would have been made entirely of wood - be approved to be built on land near junction 13 of the M5.
But some councillors believed the ground would not provide enough for the local community, and concerns about noise and landscaping were raised too.
Seven councillors voted to refuse the stadium, designed by world renowned architect Zaha Hadid, and four voted against.