MCC has been granted planning permission for its floodlights for another five-year period from 2014 to 2019.
The Club successfully applied to Westminster City Council for a renewal of the existing permission, which expires at the end of 2013, with the addition of two extra day uses from 2014. The £2.7 million retractable floodlights at Lord’s, which were installed for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, will be able to be used during 14 days and ten nights from next season.
This means every major match day at the Ground – which comprises Tests, ODIs and the domestic county final – can be floodlit in the event of bad light.
John Stephenson, MCC’s Head of Cricket and Estates, welcomed the new permission:
“This is an excellent result for MCC, for our neighbours in St John’s Wood and for all the spectators and cricketers who will come to Lord’s over the next five years.
“The Club made a major investment in these floodlights back in 2009 and they remain at the forefront of retractable floodlight technology, enabling as much cricket as possible to be played in poor light conditions whilst minimising the visual impact for our neighbours.
“It is crucial that the Club, going forward, has the ability to use the floodlights if required during all its major match days because no one wants to see play lost to bad light. Thanks to constructive and co-operative relations with both the local residents and the Council, we have an agreement which ensures Lord’s retains its place as the finest ground to watch and play cricket.”
Westminster City Council has granted MCC the temporary permission in order to review the floodlights at such time when the Club submits its Masterplan for the Council’s consideration.
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Notes to editors:
The new permission expires on 22nd January 2019.
MCC’s existing permission is for 12 day, ten night and two evening practice matches. The new permission is for 14 day, ten night and two evening practice matches.
For day matches, the floodlights should be switched off no later than 19.30. Day/night and evening matches must finish by 21.50 – after then the operating capacity of the lights must be reduced to 50%, and from 22.30 to 10%. They must be turned off by 23.00.
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