Worcestershire have been given planning permission to develop a conference centre and hotel at their New Road headquarters.
Worcester City Council’s planning committee have agreed by a 7-3 majority, with one abstention, to the joint application from the county club and hotel chain Premier Inn for the scheme, which will cost between £9 million and £10 million.
“We are absolutely delighted with this news and it’s a huge step forward for the club,” said Worcestershire chairman Percy Price.
“We only submitted the application on December 21 so it has gone through remarkably quickly and we are grateful to the council for their support.”
Worcestershire intend to start work on the scheme the week after they have played their final home match in the forthcoming season.
The first stage of the development will be construction of the conference facilities and cricket offices. Work is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2013 season to keep disruption to supporters to a minimum.
The 120-bedroom hotel will be built on the River Severn side of the ground and will help to turn New Road into a year-round venue.
Worcestershire hope that they will avoid having to take out a bank loan to fund their estimated £2.5 million costs towards the project by securing grants and funding from a local enterprise partnership.