GLOUCESTER City can now move forward with “confidence” with plans for a new stadium at Meadow Park after receiving the go-ahead from the Environment Agency.
Club officials met with the Environment Agency last week to run a fine-tooth comb through their plans for a new stadium on the Sudmeadow Road site.
The current scheme have been scaled down from the original planned £4million community stadium and associated business land that was submitted in 2012.
Those plans failed to gain full support from both the Environment Agency and Gloucester City Council, leaving the Tigers no closer to a return home from their flood-enforced exile.
But following Friday’s meeting, City chairman Stuart Pike said the club can now look forward to completing the final flood risk assessments and look to submit a new outline planning application.
Pike said: “Officials from the club met with Environment Agency last Friday afternoon as part of the on-going pre-application discussions relating to the new Stadium proposals for Meadow Park.
“The Meeting was held to discuss the specific and constructive feedback that the club had received in relation to flood modelling and other technical aspects of the scheme.
“Now that the Environment Agency have completed their technical review of the flood modelling evaluation work, they are satisfied that no further flood modelling is required.
“The club are now in a position to move forward with the preparation of the Flood Risk assessment which will form part of the formal submission to the council.”
With one major hurdle to the scheme now cleared, the club will hope to put forward a planning application for the 4,000 capacity stadium in the coming weeks.
Club officials will now meet with their architects to agree a timescale for when they can submit plans to the City Council.
“The club have now arrived at a position where they are able to move forward with confidence,” Pike said.
“In this regard a meeting will be held shortly to agree a timeline for a formal submission of the outline planning application.
“We will continue to liaise with the Environment Agency whose on-going assistance has been extremely constructive and of considerable assistance to the club and their flood risk consultants.”