0 Tribunal Rules that Bath can't have extra land at The Rec

pr picBath Rugby's planned new stadium at The Recreation Ground looks likely to have to be built on the club's current site after a tribunal vetoed plans to give it extra land.

The independent panel has overturned a key proposal agreed by the Charity Commission to allow the club a bigger share of The Rec so as to develop a new 16,000-capacity arena.

Instead the panel has ruled that only the land currently occupied by the club can be used. This means the land occupied by its permanent stands and the seasonal temporary East Stand.

The Recreation Ground Trust - a body made up of councillors and community representatives which oversees The Rec - is now thought to be considering an appeal of its own, amid concern that its hopes of greater income from a new expanded lease with the rugby club could be dashed.

A statement from the trust said it was surprised at the boundary changes: "The trustees worked with the commission to support the 2013 scheme at the tribunal.

These changes to boundaries were not discussed at the tribunal and are potentially harmful to the trust. The changes appear to risk significantly limiting future development and improvement of the rugby stadium.

"The trustees want to maximise the use of the Recreation Ground and look to the future. They also want to be able to take forward key aspects of what has previously been subject to public consultation in 2011 in the run-up to the creation of the 2013 scheme."The trustees will now look closely at the legal options which include appeal.

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