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Planning success for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s floodlight scheme

Alder King Planning Consultants have assisted Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in securing unanimous approval from Bristol City Council to grant planning permission for permanent floodlights at the Bristol County Ground in the Bishopston area of the City.

Alder King worked closely with the Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the local community and lighting specialists to ensure the scheme was supported at officer level and that all issues were addressed.

The application process included minor changes following consultation with the community in relation to floodlight design and start times of domestic games.  A Floodlight Usage Management Plan was also produced in collaboration with residents and lighting engineers to achieve the best possible solution.   

Alder King’s head of planning Simon Fitton commented: “We are delighted that the Club has been successful in its application to secure floodlights at the Bristol County Ground.  Allowing the floodlights to go ahead has helped secure the future of International cricket in Bristol for the foreseeable future and, critically, ensures that Bristol will be able to host World Cup Cricket in 2019.”

Will Brown, Chief Executive of the Club said: “We are delighted that the Committee has come to this decision as it finally allows us to realise our ambitions to continue staging International Cricket in Bristol.”

The Club will now work towards installing the lights ahead of the start of the 2016 season and looks forward to hosting four Cricket World Cup matches in Bristol 2019.

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