Cricket floodlights look set to go ahead

February 02 2015

THE application to install six 45m high floodlights at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club has been recommended for approval, a recent report has revealed.

THE application to install six 45m high floodlights at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club has been recommended for approval, a recent report has revealed.

The report will now go to a committee meeting on February 4, where councillors will decide whether to grant the cricket club's application.

On the council's planning website, 162 comments have been submitted against the development, and 128 comments have been submitted in support.

Since the club announced its plans to install floodlights, concerns have been raised by local neighbours over the impact that the lights could have.

Light spill, anti-social behaviour due to late-night matches, and the general visual impact of the lights are the main concerns which have been voiced.

However, those in support have said that floodlights will benefit the area, helping bring in revenue for the club, as well as surrounding businesses.

The club says that floodlights are "crucial" in order to host major, international tournaments such as the Cricket World Cup in 2019.

The lights will be used up to 15 times throughout the year, they would be dimmed by 10.45pm and turned off by 11pm.

A spokesperson from the Bishopston Society said: "We are extremely concerned about the visual impact of these 45m high lighting standards with their 8m x 8m light heads on the immediate area and the Ashley Down Conservation Area in particular."

Bishopston councillor Daniella Radice said that she recognises that the lights will be "intrusive" and objects the application on the grounds of protecting residents' amenity. However, she says that she does not object to the application in principle, as she accepts that floodlights are needed for the future of cricket in Bristol.

Will Brown, chief executive at GCCC, told Bishopston Voice: “We are grateful to local residents, councillors and community groups, who have helped us to improve the plans over the last few months, leading to some key changes in line with their feedback.

"Bristol is a world-class city in many ways, but it currently lacks the facilities to host international sport.

"Bringing floodlights to the ground would not only give us a chance to host the Cricket World Cup, but also other international matches.

"These matches would be great for sport in Bristol, but also wonderful news for tourism, traders and the city’s world-wide profile.”