Lansdown anger at land review

Mon, 02 Apr 15:10:38 2012

Bristol City majority shareholder Stephen Lansdown has reacted angrily to a judge's decision to grant a judicial review into the town green decision for the site of a proposed new stadium.

Opponents and supporters of the plans to split the land at Ashton Vale so half remains under town green status while the other is left open for development, have been waiting for a month for a verdict.

However, on Monday an ultimate decision on the project was further delayed when the review - scheduled for May or June - was announced, meaning land-owners Vence LLP and the football club will have to wait even longer to hear their fate despite planning permission being granted for the site in November 2009.

In a statement, Lansdown revealed Vence will now seek to ensure the entire area is free of its town green tag, rather than the proportion of the land previously agreed. He said: "The judge's decision is just another illustration of the anti-business and anti-capital-generating stance now infecting the UK and in particular Bristol.

"Vence LLP will proceed with action to release the whole site from Town and Village Green registration, including that part of the site which has previously been registered as TVG, and which had been earmarked to remain as open fields and set aside as a community wildlife and wetlands zone.

"We are committed to bringing a regional stadium to the West Country, together with the economic growth and jobs that such a project would provide. There is no set time limit or target date for achieving this."


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