MCC President, Phillip Hodson, today said that the Club’s Ground Working Party would be given a free hand to develop a new masterplan for Lord’s Cricket Ground.
At this afternoon’s 225th AGM, the President decided that, in light of the strength of the feeling surrounding the issue, it was not necessary to put a resolution not to permit any residential development on the Club’s leasehold land to Members.
It was further agreed that the Committee will present to MCC Members a holistic masterplan that will be drawn up by the Club’s Ground Working Party.
Since its formation in October 2011, MCC’s Ground Working Party, chaired by Colin Maber, has been exploring options available to the Club for the development of its facilities. It recently engaged architectural firm Populous on this project.
“MCC needs to look to the future. I want Derek Brewer – as of tomorrow our new Chief Executive – and Colin Maber, who worked so well together developing Trent Bridge, to produce a development plan dove-tailing with the Club’s strategic plan.
“I have total confidence in the Ground Working Party because it has already done a substantial amount of valuable work. It has a good and equal balance of talents – two from Estates, two from Finance and four from the Executive, and has already done considerable work to look at the Club’s options.
"No one knows better than our dedicated and experienced Executive what MCC needs and I know that they and the Ground Working Party will come up with a masterplan that is in the very best interests of the Club.”
MCC Chairman, Oliver Stocken, was re-appointment for a further three years at this afternoon's AGM and he added:
“The Club’s number one priority is to provide, in Lord’s, the finest stage for Test cricket in the world, and central to any masterplan will be the need to ensure Lord’s remains the very best place to play and watch the game.”