Green light for cricket ground redevelopment
by Jim Dunton Fri 6 December 2013, 4:59 pm
Kent County Cricket Club has been granted planning permission for the multi-million pound redevelopment of its Worsley Bridge Road ground in Beckenham.
Work will see the construction of a new stand with capacity for 2,000 spectators, a conference and banqueting area capable of seating 160 people, an indoor cricket school built to England and Wales Cricket Board Academy standards, physiotherapy treatment rooms, and a gym and pilates studio.
The development will also include new offices, a floodlit AstroTurf football pitch, and two tennis courts.
Kent Cricket chief executive Jamie Clifford said construction work was due to start this month for completion in late 2014.
“The club has for a long time wanted to develop its London base, and I look forward now to seeing a high quality cricket venue in Beckenham,” he said.
“I’m delighted that full planning permission has been granted and we can now press ahead with the construction phase of the project.
“In addition to the potential it presents for hosting matches, it will also become a centre of excellence in a key part of the county.
“Our new indoor centre will provide us with a wonderful base from which to identify and develop young players.
“I would like to put on record my thanks for the support of the local community, Leander Sports & Leisure, and Bromley Council for their support in bringing the project a step closer.”
Construction firm Galliford Try will carry out the building works.
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