Green light for Bath expansion

Date published: July 31 2015

Bath have received a boost as their plans to expand the Recreation Ground to a 16,500 seater venue are back on thanks to a successful appeal.

The Recreation Ground Trust, which leases the stadium to Bath, has overturned a decision to now allow the Premiership side to obtain land to redevelop.

Tarquin McDonald, Managing Director of Bath Rugby, was delighted with the outcome on Friday.

"Today's decision opens the door to progress in terms of redevelopment. While we recognise there's still a long way to go, today's decision is an incredibly positive step forward for both the club and the City of Bath," he said. 

"As we head into our 150th season, we remain committed to providing a world-class sporting, community and cultural venue in the heart of the city, and for the city. 

"The club looks forward to working with the Recreation Ground Trust, together with other stakeholders including B&NES and residents of Bath, on a long-term solution for the Rec."

Bath added in a statement: "Bath Rugby is delighted that the Recreation Ground Trust's appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) has been allowed. The Recreation Ground Trust's appeal related to a previous judgement made by the Charity Tribunal (Lower), in March 2014, which limited the Trustees' powers, including their ability to lease extra land to the club beyond what is currently used for the East Stand."