The Green Party in Bristol has said it will help to pay for a judicial review into the supermarket redevelopment of the Memorial Ground in Horfield.
About £12,000 is needed by campaigners and the party has agreed to help with some of those costs – despite saying it was not behind the move to bring the application to the courts and its new leader at Bristol City Council being a director of the limited company bringing the application.
The application was submitted earlier this month by TRASHorfield Limited (Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury’s Horfield), that questions the legal basis of the planning approval.
They say the proposed new supermarket will generate unacceptable levels of traffic and air pollution in a confined, residential area, adding that more than 6,500 people signed a petition opposing the plans.
The controversial redevelopment of the ground – which gained planning approval from councillors in January – is an ‘enabling development’ that allows Bristol Rovers Football Club to build a new stadium at the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England.
The process means the club’s plans have now been put on hold potentially for several months.
In a statement yesterday, a Green Party spokesman said: “The Green Party has demonstrated its support of small businesses through its proposed retail levy, and encourages locally-sourced products and services.
“The party opposes supermarkets, which encourage globalisation, climate change and decrease the total number of jobs in the economy.
“The Greens decided at a recent business meeting to give a donation to the TRASH fundraising appeal, as a gesture of solidarity.”
New Green Party leader Daniella Radice, councillor for Bishopston ward which includes the Memorial Ground, is a director of the limited company TRASHorfield.
However, last month, she insisted that while she was a member of the group that had initiated the legal action, it was not as a Green Party member.