THE founder of Ecotricity, Dale Vince has today unveiled bold new designs for the proposed Eco Park and a so called ‘Gateway to Stroud.’
Plans include a new dual-carriageway on the A419, concept designs for Eco Park’s Green Technology Hub, the new Forest Green Rovers football stadium, and a Zaha Hadid designed footbridge linking the two main sides of the development.
Dale said: “With Eco Park we hope to push the boundaries of sustainable development, create 4,000 jobs in the green economy, a world class football stadium and make more room for nature with a big biodiversity boost.
Ecotricity applied to Stroud District Council for outline planning permission in January 2016 and hope it will be granted in the next few months.
The proposed development would be built near Eastington on either side of the A419 next to Junction 13 of the M5.
A view of the proposed eco park from the A419
Critics argue the development will bring an unsustainable amount of traffic to the area, overwhelming the infrastructure and destroying the rural communities of Eastington and the nearby hamlets.
They also highlight issues such as the loss of green fields and the move of FGR from its historic home in Nailsworth to Eastington.
These new concept designs come only weeks after Ecotricity made plans to transform the old tax building in the centre of town, another ‘Gateway to Stroud.’
Over one hundred businesses were informed of the new developments at a breakfast event this morning.
The people in attendance were able to view a 3-D model of the entire 100-acre Eco Park proposal, and a digital animation which offered a motorists perspective when driving towards the development from Junction 13 of the M5.
For more details on Eco Park, see Ecotricity’s website: www.ecotricity.co.uk/eco-park.