Published: 00:00, 25 November 2013
| Updated: 12:09, 25 November 2013
Kent Cricket have been given the go-ahead by planners for an ambitious development of the club’s Worsley Bridge Road ground in Beckenham.
Work on the site could be just days away after Kent Cricket and Leander Sports & Leisure were granted full planning permission by Bromley Council for the project, which will enhance the cricket facilities at the ground.
Among the additions planned are an indoor cricket school which will be built to ECB Academy standards and a new 2,000-seat stand to boost the ground’s capacity.
Physiotherapy treatment rooms, a gym and pilates studio, a conference and banqueting area with room for up to 160 people plus bar and kitchen facilities are also planned.
The site will also host new offices, a floodlit 3G football pitch, two hard tennis courts and new car parking.
Work is expected to take about a year, with the club set to enter into a 20-year lease on it’s completion by contractors Galliford Try.
Kent chief executive Jamie Clifford said: “I’m delighted that full planning permission has been granted and we can now press ahead with the construction phase of the project.
“The club has for a long time wanted to develop its London base, and I look forward now to seeing a high-quality cricket venue in Beckenham.
“In addition to the potential it presents for hosting matches, it will also become a centre of excellence in a key part of the county. Our new indoor centre will provide us with a wonderful base from which to identify and develop young players.
“I would like to put on record my thanks for the support of the local community, Leander Sports & Leisure, and Bromley Council for their support in bringing the project a step closer.”
Negotiations are ongoing with a view to developing a health and leisure facility and a conference centre at the site.