Eco Park - a new home for FGR

Our planning application for Eco Park has changed.

We’ve consulted with many groups and individuals, and had long discussions with Stroud District Council (SDC) about the future of our exciting development.

Our green tech business hub could have created a potential 4000 jobs for the county - but it seems the district council weren’t able to support this. This means we’re not able to go ahead with it at the moment, despite the major benefits to the area. 

So we’re now going ahead with part of the original plan: to build a 5,000 capacity stadium for Forest Green Rovers (FGRFC). Designed by world renowned architects Zaha Hadid and made almost entirely out of wood, it’ll be the first of its kind in the world. The stadium would be sited in parkland where some five hundred trees and 1.8km of new hedgerows would be planted. The stadium and its surroundings reflect the sustainable ethos of the world’s greenest football club.

That’s not all though – there’ll be a club shop, food and beverage facilities and a health and fitness suite for FGRFC. As you can see in the plan below, the proposal also includes two full size grass training pitches, a goal practice area and parking for cars, coaches and bicycles.

We’ve also sought permission to improve the A419 from Junction 13 of the M5 to Chipmans Platt roundabout. This’ll include traffic lights to the site, a pedestrian and cycle crossing, and a combined footway/cycleway which will link to national cycle route 45 at Grove Lane.

We’ve worked really hard to resolve outstanding questions and we’re now confident that we’ll get the go-ahead for our much needed new stadium.

You can see all the information of our current planning application on Stroud District Councils web site. Hard copies are also available for public viewing at the District Council’s offices in Ebley, and at the following Ecotricity office in Stroud;


Unicorn House, 7 Russell Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4UB

Monday-Thursday; 08:30 to 17:00

Friday; 08:30 to 16:00


Have your say and support our application

  • Visit Stroud District Council’s Planning website  
  • Or write a letter to Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Westward Road, Ebley, Stroud, GL5 4UB.

If you’re commenting by post, you will need to reference the Planning Application Number S.16/0043/OUT.

Key documents from our latest submission are available below.