Bath's attempts to redevelop their stadium have been given a boost.
The Charity Commission has granted the Recreation Ground Trust the power to make a decision over the granting of a new lease to the club.
Bath are seeking the lease so they can redevelop the stadium to Premiership Rugby standards.
David Dixon, chair of the trustees, said: "The legal issues surrounding the Rec were difficult and complex, so we are delighted to get to this point."
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As a result of this decision by the Charity Commission, we can now move forwards to achieve the outcomes which hold an overwhelming majority of public support.
Councillor David Dixon
Recreation Ground Trust chair
The Charity Commission took the decision after a trust scheme outlining proposed changes to the ground, which was declared by the High Court to be a charitable trust with the council as sole trustee, received support from 87% of the public who took part in a consultation in November.
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