MCC news May 23, 2013

MCC shuns £75m development plan

ESPNcricinfo staff

The MCC committee has turned down a revised £75m offer for a downgraded development at the Nursery End at Lord's.

The MCC committee received a report from the chief executive, Derek Brewer, into a new proposal from the Rifkind Levy Partnership, from whom MCC leases a strip of land at the Nursery.

A club statement said that the committee rejected the development proposals for four reasons:

  • The visual and environmental impact would damage the character and ambience of Lord's;
  • Loss of operational space essential for the running of Lord's on major match days;
  • MCC would lose control of about 10% of the ground to third parties
  • It would inhibit the MCC Masterplan - the preferred proposal which includes moving the Nursery Ground towards Wellington Road and therefore onto the leasehold land proposed for development.

The MCC Masterplan video can be seen here