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Beckenham development given green light

Kent have been granted full planning permission for the development of the their Worsley Bridge Road ground at Beckenham, with work expected to commence in early December.

The development will feature an indoor cricket school built to ECB Academy standards, as well as a new 2,000-capacity stand.

Additional facilities will include include physiotherapy treatment rooms, a gym, a 160-capacity conference and banqueting area with bar and kitchen facilities, office space, car parking, an artificial football pitch and two tennis courts.

Kent's Worsley Bridge Road ground at Beckenham is set for a major redevelopment, including a new 2,000-capacity stand

Following completion of the multi-million pound facility, Kent will enter into a 20-year lease.

In addition, negotiations continue with regard to two other buildings - a health and leisure facility and a conference centre, with a view to those developments getting the all clear in the near future.

Kent chief executive Jamie Clifford said: “I’m delighted that full planning permission has been granted and we can now press ahead with the construction phase of the project. The club has, for a long time, wanted to develop its London base and I look forward now to seeing a high quality cricket venue in Beckenham. 

“In addition to the potential it presents for hosting matches, it will also become a centre of excellence in a key part of the county.  Our new indoor centre will provide us with a wonderful base from which to identify and develop young players. I would like to put on record my thanks for the support of the local community, Leander Sports & Leisure, and Bromley Council for their support in bringing the project a step closer.”

It is anticipated that construction will start before Christmas, and that the project will near completion by the end of 2014.

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