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Residents to oppose Beckenham’s Kent County Cricket’s plans

Artist's impression of the development

Artist's impression of the development

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Worried residents say a huge redevelopment at a county cricket ground will destroy the area, but the club claims it is vital to safeguard its future.

Kent County Cricket Club in Worsley Road, Beckenham, has just submitted a planning application jointly with Leander Sports & Leisure which includes an all-weather hockey pitch, an indoor multi-use training centre, a health and fitness centre and 40 houses.

The club says the revenue from the proposed developments would secure its future and if Bromley Council refuse its application the club will leave the borough forever.

But residents living in 36 houses around the ground plan to oppose the application.

Retired IT manager John Cossa, who has lived in Worsley Road for 31 years, has created the worsleycricket.com website to inform residents about the development.

He said: “I want to spend my retirement here. We want to keep it nice. Very little cricket is actually played there. People live here because of all the open land. If this goes ahead it would be a great loss to the community.”

Club chief executive Jamie Clifford said: “We are trying to be sympathetic and have picked the part of the field with the least impact.

“If we can’t run the place as it is then I don’t see how anyone can. I don’t want it to sound like a threat but if it’s not us then who will it be? It is a shame that the club has to consider the prospect of moving away.” from the ground at Beckenham.

“The redevelopment plans offer a future that is not only financially viable, but also secure fantastic facilities for the Bromley area. The plan we are submitting will safeguard the long term future of Kent Cricket at Beckenham and has met with widespread approval in our initial consultation.”

The application is being processed by Bromley council and can be seen at www.bromley.gov.uk/planning.

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