Worcestershire hope for development green light

Worcestershire hope to find out on Thursday March 1 whether they will be given planning approval to build a conference centre and hotel at New Road.

The county are working closely with hotel chain Premier Inn on the development which will cost more than £9 million.

A planning application was submitted before Christmas and is due to be considered by Worcester City Council’s planning committee on March 1.

If Worcestershire’s planning application is approved work will start on the ground development the week after the end of the season in September in the hope that it will be ready for the start of the 2013 season, keeping disruption during cricketing months to a minimum.

Premier Inn are funding the £7 million hotel with Worcestershire footing the bill for the conference suites and other facilities that will generate revenue for the club.

Those costs are likely to be between £2.5 million and £2.7 million but Worcestershire hope that they might be able to cover the majority of the cost through grants and local enterprise partnership funding which would mean they would not face paying off a bank loan.

Worcestershire are already benefiting from the Graeme Hick Pavilion at New Road, which was opened three years ago. The facility is used extensively as a function room all year round which has brought in additional revenue  during the winter months.

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