Possible challenge over cricket club floodlights

June 26 2015

LEGAL action could be made against Gloucestershire County Cricket Club over the approved plans to install 45m high floodlights.

LEGAL action could be made against Gloucestershire County Cricket Club over the approved plans to install 45m high floodlights.

The council has confirmed that it has received a pre-action protocol letter regarding a potential application for a judicial review.

Bishopston Voice is unaware of who plans to challenge the club.

GCCC was awarded planning permission for permanent floodlights by the council in April.

Plans 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.

GCCC's plans were opposed by campaign group, HowZat? – set up to monitor developments at the club – as they believed that the floodlights would have a negative impact on neighbours, as well as harm the views of the Ashley Down Conservation Area.

Amendments to the club's initial plans include reshaping the lighting heads to make them circular, and finishing matches by 10.30pm.

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

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “No formal application has yet been made to the court for a judicial review of the council’s decision to approve plans for floodlighting at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

"At this stage we have received a pre-action protocol letter concerning a potential application for judicial review, which we will respond to in due course.”

The cricket club has declined to comment.