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Test day for Lord’s cricket ground facelift

Planning chiefs expected to approve plans for a new 11,500-seat enclosure, with work expected begin after the Ashes in August

15 January, 2019 — By Richard Osley

Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood Road

PLANNERS will decide tonight (Tuesday) whether another facelift for Lord’s cricket ground can go ahead.

Councillors are expected to approve the plans for a new 11,500-seat enclosure following the proposed demolition of the Compton and Edrich stands at the Nursery End.

New hospitality areas are planned at the ground in St John’s Wood Road.

The MCC, Marylebone Cricket Club, will ask members to go ahead with the plans at its annual meeting in May, if planning consent is granted by Westminster City Council.

Work would begin after the Ashes in August.

Historic England, the conservation body, said the planned demolition of the Clock Tower would “result in some harm, however this is considered relatively low”.

The St John’s Wood Society, meanwhile, “generally welcomes the design”, according to planning reports circulated ahead of next week’s meeting, but has called for trees that are lost to be replaced and disturbance to nearby residents from hospitality areas to be minimised.

More than 2,300 neighbours were asked whether they wanted to comment, leading to three objections in reply, based on traffic congestion and concerns over the size of the new stand. Lord’s will have a total capacity of around 31,500 if the work is approved.

New event spaces will be available for use and hire when the cricket is not on.

The council’s own planning department has recommended that councillors approve the scheme with conditions including using local workers on the construction and paying more than £100,000 into community projects.

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