Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Building Plans Approved
Revised building development plans to revamp Gloucestershire County Cricket Club‘s ground in Bristol have now been approved by councillors. The club wants to raise the profile of cricket in the area and help secure its future by holding international games. The proposals include a new apartment block overlooking the ground, a new media centre and will see capacity increased to 17,000 seats at the Nevil Road ground.
The England and Wales Cricket Board had told the cricket club that it must modernise. But in January, the scheme was rejected due to the height of the flats at the ground, but this has since been scaled back by one storey and at the planning meeting yesterday, Bristol City Councillors voted in favour of the new plans. Councillors were also won over by the wider benefits to the city and the promise of international cricket for years to come.
The club has already missed out on a tie with New Zealand next year due to the continuing uncertainty over the future of the ground but wants to be in the running for World Cup Cricket in 2019. A single One Day International is said to generate £1m for the Bristol economy and more generous rewards lie ahead if the city becomes a host venue for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.