Gloucestershire discussing appeal over ground shock

Gloucestershire are considering an appeal against a shock decision by Bristol City Council’s Planning Committee to reject proposals for redevelopment of the County Ground.

And the club claim they may have to consider relocating to Gloucester unless some way can be found to improve facilities at Nevil Road.

The Planning Committee ruling by a six-to-four majority stunned the club and left hopes of staging further one-day international fixtures at the venue in tatters.

Gloucestershire’s plan to improve their ground at Nevil Road was to have been funded by the building of a block of flats, which local residents claimed would have been too high and lacked sufficient parking.

They won the backing of councillors, who went against a recommendation from their own officials that the scheme should be approved.

Gloucestershire chairman Rex Body said the ruling was bitterly disappointing for the club and added: “No decision has yet been reached in regard to an appeal, but this is being considered and will be discussed at a forthcoming board meeting.”

Chief executive Tom Richardson said: “This decision means that the international cricket programme in Bristol now stops and will be lost forever. 

“Furthermore, our overall future in Bristol is also in doubt. It is no secret that Gloucester would be very keen to have us.” 

The proposals included a range of modern facilities to get Gloucestershire’s ground up to current ECB standards for hosting international cricket. 

In recent years the county have hosted a number of England one-day games, which have all been well supported. More had been lined up if the ground redevelopment had gone ahead.

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