Nursery End building plans rebuffed by MCC

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The MCC committee has rejected a proposal that recommended building on a strip of land at the Nursery End of Lord’s.

The Rifkind Levy Partnership (RLP), who lease the aforementioned land to MCC, made a presentation to the club’s ground working party.

However, in a letter to MCC members, president Mike Griffith underlined the reasons for turning down the proposal.

In his letter, Griffith said: “The committee believes that the size of the Nursery Ground is sacrosanct, both for the staging of cricket matches and as a practice area of international standard.

“A development such as that proposed by RLP would lead to a loss of operational space essential for the running of the ground on major match days.

“(In addition,) the visual and environmental impact of the proposed RLP scheme would damage the character and ambience of Lord’s.”

Griffith added: “The committee received a presentation from the chairman of the ground working party, Colin Maber, on the club’s masterplan, part of which was a presentation from the treasurer, Robert Leigh, on the funding of that plan.

“The committee supported both presentations. At the Annual General Meeting on May 1, similar presentations will be made to members on both the RLP and the club’s proposals.”

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