Exo Park

Project overview

Client: Ecotricity
Location: Stroud, Gloucestershire
Sector: Sports Stadia, Industrial and Commercial
Project status: Planning submitted

PWA planning was retained to advise Ecotricity on proposals for a sports-led, green technology centre close to the M5 at Stroud. To be known as Eco Park, the development comprises a sports complex, including transport hub with park and ride, green technology hub and nature conservation area. The principal aspect of the development will be the sports complex, which will be the new home of Forest Green Rovers Football Club. This will be supported and complemented by the green technology hub that will act as an exemplar business and commercial site. A nature conservation area will be implemented to ensure an enhancement of biodiversity across the site as a whole. It is anticipated that the proposed development could create up to 3,900 full time jobs with estimated construction costs of up to £100 million.

What we did

PWA Planning prepared and submitted an outline planning application for the proposed development. As part of this instruction, PWA undertook Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening and scoping and have co-ordinated the preparation of a detailed Environmental Statement (ES) to support the planning application. The application submissions are also supported by a comprehensive planning statement which responds to planning policy and development management issues associated with the proposed development.

What our client said

“Eco Park is going to be a place where green businesses and technology companies come together and share ideas, a real focal point of creativity and innovation for the area – and a part of the green industrial revolution that’s beginning to take off around the world.”

Dale Vince, OBE, Ecotricity founder