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Marylebone Cricket Club throws out plans to build flats and hospital on Lord’s Cricket Ground

PUBLISHED: 17:39 29 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:59 29 May 2013

A computer-generated image of the master plan for the future of Lord's Cricket Ground agreed earlier this month

A computer-generated image of the master plan for the future of Lord's Cricket Ground agreed earlier this month

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A proposal to build apartments and hospital facilities at one end of Lord’s Cricket Ground has been rejected for the second time by the stadium’s owners.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) last week refused Rifkind Levy Partnership (RLP) permission to build four blocks with private apartments and facilities for Wellington Hospital on a portion of land at the Nursery End of the ground, in St John’s Wood Road, St John’s Wood.

RLP leases the Nursery End land, which equates to 10 per cent of the entire Lord’s site, to the MCC and requires its permission to develop the site.

As part of the scheme, RLP offered the MCC £75million to redevelop the land for apartments and space for the exclusive Wellington Hospital, located adjacent to the stadium’s Nursery End practice ground in Wellington Place.

But the MCC’s committee rejected the proposal citing concerns about the visual impact of the scheme and a loss of space on matchdays.

It follows a decision from the committee in April to reject a similar but larger proposal from RLP to build seven blocks for apartments and hospital facilities in exchange for £100million.

Earlier this month, the MCC unveiled a long-awaited £200million masterplan to redevelop Lord’s over the next 16 years.

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