Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and Linden Homes have received full consent for their ambitious plans to redevelop the Nevil Road ground. Following refusal of an earlier application, architects have designed the scheme, reducing the overall height and addressing various other issues identified by the planning department.
Gloucestershire County Cricket Club had considered they might leave Bristol entirely should their plans be rejected a second time. They'd suggested Filton Airfield or Gloucester as alternative homes but were convinced that Nevil Road provided the best platform from which the club and cricket in the South West could develop.
Councillors were eventually won over by the wider benefits to the city and the promise of international cricket for years to come. 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.
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