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Kent County Cricket Club granted planning permission for development at the County Ground, Beckenham

Friday 13th January 2012

Kent County Cricket Club is pleased to announce that outline planning permission has been granted by the London Borough of Bromley, with the Council voting 9 – 6 in favour of a scheme which will dramatically enhance the Club’s operation at the County Ground, Beckenham.

The Club has operated the Beckenham ground since 2002 and now looks forward to a long future in Bromley.The plans include a new all-weather hockey pitch, an indoor multi-use training centre, a health and fitness centre, improved permanent spectator seating, and a small conference facility.The funding for these facilities will be raised through enabling development.

The Club expect that the proposed new facilities will provide the required revenue streams to create a viable future for the ground, and in turn ensure that professional cricket continues to be played in Beckenham.

Jamie Clifford, Kent Cricket CEO commented; “I am delighted that Bromley Council have approved our scheme. We have been determined to secure a long term base in the Greater London area for the county, and this decision brings that hope a step closer.The cricketing county of Kent covers a very big land area, and we have always been keen to take cricket to all parts of the county. Most importantly, I now look forward to establishing a thriving sporting centre of excellence, that will help us considerably in the development of talented young cricketers. I anticipate that this, coupled with our community programmes, will bring something very special and lasting to Bromley.”