Bristol City Football Club hopes of building a new stadium at Ashton Vale took a big blow after planners recommended a new supermarket be refused permission.

Sainsbury’s want to build on City’s current ground at Ashton Gate which is part of an enabling development that will help provide funds for their new stadium. Bristol City chief executive Colin Sexstone told "The club is disappointed with the officers' recommendation. It fails to recognise the many benefits this development will bring to the wider area.

"It's important to remember that this is one of three major projects in south Bristol, along with the new stadium and regeneration of the Winterstoke Road site, which between them will bring over £100 million of private sector investment and thousands of jobs to the area," he added.

A decision will be made by the development control committee on Wednesday 2 March at Bristol City Council House. The meeting is open to the public and the club is urging as many supporters as possible to attend and show support.

"This combined development will help the local economy grow which in turn means that any potential impact on local shops will be far outweighed by the substantial positive economic impact of the major developments. This is a once in a life time opportunity that cannot be overlooked in today's economic climate!" Sexton added.

Posted on 24/02/2011