Eco Park - a new home for FGR

Our planning application for Eco Park has changed.

Following the refusal of our planning application by Stroud District Council in June 2019, we have resubmitted the application to address their comments made by councillors.

While Stroud District Council's Planning Officers were happy and recommended the site for approval, six councillors felt this wasn't the right site. We still think it is - next to the motorway and a commitment to improve the A419 too: we hope we can persuade them second time round.

In our new application, we've proposed a community use agreement, changed one of the grass pitches to an all-weather one, and firmed up the design. We'll also be subsidising match day buses from Nailsworth, Stroud and Stonehouse, and running a trial bus from Cam and Dursley train station. We think that this, combined with connections to the canal and its cycle path, will reduce the number of people travelling to the site by car - however, there will still be 1,700 spaces for car parking.

We had already removed our green tech business hub from the proposal, which could have created a potential 4,000 new jobs for the county - this remains the case with our resubmission.

The stadium was designed by world renowned architect 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 500 trees and 1.8 km of new hedgerows would be planted. The stadium and its surroundings reflect the sustainable ethos of the world's greenest football club.

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.

You can see all the information of our current planning application on Stroud District Council's website. 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, Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 to 14:00


Have your say and support our application

  • Visit Stroud District Council’s Planning website  
  • Write a letter to Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Westward Road, Ebley, Stroud, GL5 4UB
  • Email Stroud District Council on

If you’re commenting by post or email, you will need to reference the Planning Application Number S.19/1418/OUT.

Key documents from our latest submission are available below.


Updated: 23 July 2019