Search

Lord’s Cricket Ground housing plans to be shelved

12:03 12 April 2012

The crucial vote on development at Lord

The crucial vote on development at Lord's will take place on May 2

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Long-running plans to build apartments on a prime site at Lord’s Cricket Ground could be shelved for good next month.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is asking its members to prevent developers moving in on a 1.6 acre plot of land by voting against any future residential development.

The club owns a 125-year lease for the top 18 inches of land at the Nursery End of the cricket ground.

A long-running dispute over the redevelopment of the land came to a head last year when former Prime Minister John Major resigned from the MCC committee after the club rejected plans for a £400million redevelopment of Lord’s.

The radical “Vision for Lord’s” proposals would have seen five towers of luxury flats built at the Nursery End along with other major changes around the ground.

But the MCC went back on the proposals and, in February, the committee voted against fresh plans for homes to be built on the site.

Now at a meeting scheduled for May 2 the club is asking members to vote on a resolution “not to permit any residential development” at the Nursery End.

An MCC spokesman said: “Members will be voting on a resolution and asked to support the committee’s decision not to build residential development on the plot of land.

“The MCC can do what it wants to do on its own land and with its own money.”

The move follows reports that Britain’s largest private hospital, the Wellington, located next door to Lord’s in St John’s Wood, has drawn up new plans to develop the Nursery End site – something the hospital denies.

A spokesman for the hospital denied speculation that fresh proposals for an underground children’s hospital, sports clinic and museum had been submitted to the MCC.

“We’re always happy to sit down and talk with our neighbours. But there is absolutely nothing new on the table,” he said.

“Clearly there have been discussions in the past and various developers have put plans forward. But nothing has changed for the last eight or nine years.”

While the MCC owns the leasehold for the top 18 inches of ground at the Nursery End, developers Rifkind Levy Partnership (RLP) – which was behind the Carlton Gate housing development in Maida Vale – hold a 990-year lease for the ground beneath.

Two disused tunnels which run under the Nursery End are also leased to RLP and are only accessible from the Wellington Hospital site next door.

The resolution against future residential development marks a dramatic U-turn from last year when the MCC said it was “fully focused” on developing the Nursery End.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
Left to right: Yodit Tesfamariam, 20, Yorsalem Feseha, 18, and Roma Fiseha, 17. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Two Camden teenagers who launched a charity to support homeless people during their school holidays are preparing to release a video raising awareness of the abuse endured by thosee living on the streets.

Yesterday, 16:00
Susie Friedman from Camden School For Girls, Max Caplain from Highgate School and Lama Elwardany from Maria Fidelis School. Picture: Polly Hancock

Students from across Camden and Haringey have used chemistry to test the heat of chillies at a workshop led by Oxford University academics.

Yesterday, 15:00
Highgate Mental Health Centre

A mental health patient hanged herself on a hospital ward in between checks by nurses, an inquest has heard.

Yesterday, 14:49
Jessica Learmond-Criqui. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Campaigners bidding to stop Tesco moving to Belsize Park took their fight to the council with a deputation urging a more “holistic” approach to trader applications.

Most read news

New research finds that men are more partial to a posed self-portrait than women.

Did you feel the Earth move?

The drug is already on offer to patients in 21 other countries, including France and Germany.

Little chihuahua Digby has become best friends with a Neapolitan mastiff.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder