A new public inquiry will be held into the Ashton Vale town green dispute, it has emerged.
The independent barrister who recommended the entire area be registered as a town green back in 2010 will chair the new inquiry, which is likely to start in October.
Ms Ross Crail produced her report, which recommended the entire site be registered as a town green, in August 2010, but new evidence and submissions were submitted in November 2010.
Bristol City Council said the inquiry was needed because: “The council is of the view that the further evidence requires consideration in the same manner as the previous evidence, that is at a public inquiry.”
The long-running row has thrown plans by Bristol City Football Club to build a new stadium at Ashton vale into disarray.
Despite winning planning permission for the stadium in November 2010, the plans were put on hold while the town green row rumbled on.
A compromise agreement made by councillors in 2011 allowed for the site to be split – with the northern half reserved for the new stadium and the southern half registered as a town green.
But the decision was challenged by town green campaigners and, in June, the council withdrew from the legal battle over its decision to split the site.
In an email seen by Bristol24-7 at the weekend, the council said the conduct of the inquiry would be determined by Ms Crail.
A pre-inquiry meeting is expected to be held in October, which a council spokesman said may include “issues such as safety of witnesses”. Town green campaigners have complained about intimidation throughout their battle.