MCC has today issued to its Members the Review of Development Plans for Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The Review is the largest piece of analysis ever produced in the Club’s 230-year history. It was undertaken as a result of a vote by MCC Members at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.
A detailed study of two different development options has been put before MCC’s Members, with a survey and wide-ranging consultation to take place in the coming weeks.
The Review, which does not contain a recommendation, includes a comparative analysis of the MCC Committee’s Updated Masterplan and the latest revised Morley Plan, as submitted by Rifkind Associates.
Primarily focusing on development at the Nursery End of Lord’s, the Review covers a range of considerations, from cricket, operations and security to planning, heritage and an analysis of the Club’s financial projections until 2035.
The choice facing MCC is effectively whether Members are content to accept large-scale residential development within the Lord's boundary in return for a cash injection, or pay for the development of the entire Ground from Club resources but without accepting residential development.
He said: "MCC would like Lord's to continue to position itself to be the best ground in the world to play and watch cricket.
"The Review is already the result of much consultation and is intended to be as fair as possible. As MCC owns Lord's and is a Members’ Club, it is essential to ensure that the development of the Ground is carried out in accordance with Members’ wishes.
"What MCC could or should do - and when - has been subject of much debate within and outside the Club for nearly twenty years. It is hoped that this Review, followed by an open and thorough consultation process, will produce a Resolution to be voted on at an SGM that will forge a clear way forward for the development of Lord's for the next ten years and beyond."
When it meets in late July 2017, the MCC Committee will receive a report from the five consultation evenings, together with the results of the Members’ survey.
The Committee will then call a Special General Meeting, which will be held towards the end of September 2017. At the SGM, Members will consider a Resolution, proposed by the Committee, regarding the next stages in the development of the Ground.
The MCC Members’ consultation events will include a presentation on both options and an open question-and-answer session with representatives from MCC and Rifkind Associates. They will be held at the following locations:
|Monday 19 June||Lord’s|
|Tuesday 20 June||Old Trafford|
|Wednesday 21 June||Trent Bridge|
|Thursday 22 June||Bristol|
|Monday 26 June||Lord’s|
Report & Appendices