Sainsbury’s v Bristol Rovers

1946 map of the Memorial Ground and nearby housing

1946 map of the Memorial Ground and nearby housing

The recent case in the High Court before Mrs Justice Proudman – Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Bristol Rovers (1883) Ltd HC-2014-001796 – was an action brought by Sainsbury’s against Bristol Rovers, asking for a ruling on a contract between the two companies. Sainsbury’s are seeking a judgement confirming that they do not have to proceed with their contract with Bristol Rovers (1883) Ltd.

It is understood the judgement is be announced in the next few weeks, maybe before the end of June.

Whatever the outcome of the court case, any proposed redevelopment of this site must neither ignore its War Memorial status, nor ride roughshod over the wishes of the local population. The local council’s recent consultative Involvement in planning applications and the Local Plan – Statement of Community Involvement may bode well for future planning. The Memorial Ground is a sport heritage asset. It should remain a place for sport or recreation, as intended by its founders: a place of remembrance and an inspiration for future generations.

Involvement in planning applications and the Local Plan – Statement of Community Involvement

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/planning-and-building-regulations/planning-statement-community-involvement

Source of map: Bristol City Council – Know Your Place

http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/planning-and-building-regulations/know-your-place

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