A campaign to prevent the proposed site of a £92 million World Cup stadium being registered as a town green has been taken to the House of Commons.
Bristol City FC has asked MPs to call for an urgent review of the law after a group of local residents put the development in jeopardy.
The club’s plans for a 30,000-seat stadium on land in Ashton Vale was granted permission in February, but after an independent planning inspector’s report recommended the site should be designated as a town green, the decision is now with the council’s public rights of way and greens committee.
The recommendation was a significant victory in the campaigners’ bid to protect the 42-acre site, which is used by locals as an area for walking dogs and a place for children to play.
In her report, inspector Ross Crail said the land meets the criteria for a town green because it has been used for sports and pastimes by Ashton Vale residents for at least 20 years.
If her recommendation is confirmed it could end Bristol’s bid to host World Cup matches if England hosts the tournament in 2018.
The campaign aimed to draw the Government’s attention to what campaigners are terming the the serious abuse of legislation governing the registration and protection of valuable green spaces and genuine community amenities.
The development was expected to bring upwards of £150 million investment to Bristol and provide more than 6,000 new jobs.
Bristol City launched a campaign against the planning inspector’s report and more than 18,000 people have signed a petition in support.