Gloucestershire are considering a move out of Bristol to a brand new 20,000-seat stadium at Filton Airfield after having planning permission to redevelop their current ground rejected.
And councillors in South Gloucestershire are backing to the idea, believing it could create a new and important use for the airfield which will forever be linked to the iconic Concorde aircraft that was built and first flew from there in the 1960s, but which is due to close at the end of the year.
Gloucestershire have appealed against a Bristol City Planning Committee decision in December, which by a vote of six to four rejected proposals to develop their current headquarters at Nevil Road.
Club chief executive Tom Richardson said: “We remain committed to make our development work here at Bristol. But we have to ensure our future and therefore we are looking at other possible locations.”
Gloucestershire reacted to the rejection of their planning application by saying it would mean the end of international cricket in Bristol.
The club have successfully hosted England one-day fixtures for a number of years and would be hopeful of doing so again if their appeal is successful or the move to Filton goes ahead.
The latter would mean Bristol City Council losing a top sports venue to South Gloucestershire at a time when councillors are being criticised for failure to do enough for sport in the region.
Gloucestershire have issued a statement to members, which reads: “We would like to assure you that we remain committed to making our current plans for development at Nevil Road work, but as a members’ club and a business we have to look to safeguarding our future.
“The media story is the result of a representation we made to South Gloucestershire Council as part of the process we have in place to guarantee a bright future for the club.”