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Westminster City Council has granted the MCC a five-year planning permission for permanent floodlights at Lord's.

Concerns from local residents have been addressed and it is the intention that the new lighting will be installed in time for the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20, due to take place on June 5.

MCC secretary and chief executive Keith Bradshaw said: "MCC is delighted that Westminster Council has granted a planning consent for floodlights at Lord’s, subject to the detailed agreement of conditions.

"We have worked constructively with both the council and local residents over the past few months to ensure that we have a floodlighting solution that has as minimal an impact as possible on all those who live near Lord’s whilst delivering a scheme of the highest quality for cricket.

"This decision will enable MCC to host up to 12 match days a season, such as major one-day and Twenty20 day/night games, including the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in June this year.

"This is an integral part of our overall vision of improving Lord’s for future generations of cricketers, members and cricket fans and safeguarding its position as the 'home of cricket'.

"We will continue our detailed dialogue with Westminster, local councillors and local residents to ensure that the timetable for the construction and introduction of the Abacus Lighting floodlighting system at Lord’s will be as smooth and seamless as possible."

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