Bristol City Football Club’s business development director has insisted plans to register the proposed site for the club’s new stadium as a town and village green must be rejected.
Guy Price was speaking ahead of the club’s debate over the new stadium plans at Ashton Vale.
Speaking to the club’s official site, Price said: "Of course, the question now is not whether a stadium should be built on this site, as planning permission for a stadium has already been approved.
“The immediate question is whether the site for Bristol's now planned world-class stadium should be registered as a town and village green. The answer to this is a resounding ‘no’”.
The £92million proposal which was granted planning permission in February this year, following a three-year application process.
If successful the development is expected to bring upwards of £150million investment to Bristol and provide more than 6,000 new jobs, all of which would increase if England wins the World Cup bid.
However after objections from a small number of local residents the Council received an independent planning inspector's report recommending that the site - half of which is a former landfill site - be given special designation as a town green.