Floodlights decision means we can host international cricket

May 29 2015

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Cricket Club has been given the go-ahead to install six, 45m-high floodlights at the Bishopston ground.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Cricket Club has been given the go-ahead to install six,  45m-high floodlights at the Bishopston ground.

The club was awarded planning permission last month following opposition from campaign group, HowZat?, which was set up to monitor developments at the club.

They believed that the floodlights would have a negative impact on neighbours, as well as harm the views of the Ashley Down Conservation Area.

Plans for permanent floodlights were originally rejected at a committee meeting in February, as councillors felt that the club needed to further explore ideas for reducing the impact on neighbours and the skyline had been fully explored.

Amendments to the club's plans, which included reshaping the lighting heads to make them circular, and finishing matches by 10.30pm, were resubmitted in March, and approved by the council's development control committee at the end of April.

The lights will be used up to 15 times a year.

Will Brown, chief executive at GCCC, said: “We are delighted that the committee has come to this decision as it finally allows us to realise our ambitions to bring International Cricket to Bristol.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us develop these plans, particularly our neighbours whom we have continued to work with since February. We will continue to work with them and officers to ensure the Floodlight Management Plan is in place before we start using the lights.

“We will now work towards installing the lights ahead of the start of the 2016 season.”

A spokesperson from HowZat? said: “[We] were disappointed, although not surprised, by the decision of the Planning Committee to approve the application.

“While the group wants to see International Cricket continue in Bristol and accepts that permanent floodlights are essential for this to happen, we had hoped that an alternative engineering solution could be found to reduce the visual impact of the lights, at least out of season. Thank you to all who supported our campaign.”