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Gloucestershire planning approved

ESPNcricinfo staff
May 31, 2012 « Villa set their sights on Lambert | Chartbeat test »

Gloucestershire's future at their Nevil Road ground in Bristol has been assured after their planning permission for a housing development was approved by the city council with a 7-3 vote.

It has been a drawn out process for the club - and earlier rejections raised fears they would have to move away from their home of 122 years - but now they will be able to press ahead with new facilities and maintain their ambitions of being an international venue.

This includes a new pavilion, media centre, business centre, improved community programme and upgrade of cricketing facilities.

The chief executive, Tom Richardson, said: "We are very pleased that the committee has come to this decision as it finally allows us to realise our ambitions in bringing the very best of what cricket can offer to our home city.

"We have many people to thank - it has been a long journey and a huge amount of hard work has gone into it, which in turn has been supported by residents across Bristol, including our local area of Bishopston. We can now look forward to making the next stage of our plans happen."

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