Ashton Vale green goes to High Court

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We welcome the news that the High Court will review Bristol City Council’s decision to register only part of the 42-acre site at Ashton Vale, Bedminster, as a town or village green. The application for judicial review was made by the Save Ashton Vale Environment (SAVE) group.

Bristol City Football Club wants to build a 30,000-seat stadium here.

On 16 July 2011 the council’s Public Rights of Way and Greens Committee agreed to register as a green only 17 of the 42 acres that had been recommended for registration by an independent inspector, Ross Crail.

Ms Crail, who presided over a public inquiry in the summer of 2010 recommended on 26 August 2010 that the whole of the application site should be registered, as the evidence in support of the application satisfied the statutory criteria.

Says our case officer, Nicola Hodgson: ‘The High Court will now consider whether Bristol City Council properly considered all the relevant issues.’

Nigel Moorcroft, chairman of Long Ashton Parish Council which supports the application for judicial review, says: ‘We welcome the judge’s decision that SAVE’s request for a judicial review has merit. Arguments will be presented for Bristol City Council’s decision to be reversed and for the whole of the site to be awarded protected status as a town green.’

If the land is registered as a town or village green it cannot be developed.

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