Final approval given to build Arora hotel at the Oval

09 June 2009 by
Final approval given to build Arora hotel at the Oval

Surrey County Cricket Club has finally been given permission to build a new four-star hotel and stand at its Brit Oval ground in south London.

The £35m plan, which is centred on a 168-room Arora International hotel, has been in the pipeline since the beginning of 2007 but has been repeatedly delayed over concerns about its proximity to the Kennington Gasholder Station.

After an initial rejection of the plans in the autumn of 2007, Lambeth Council resolved to grant planning permission in January 2008 but the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) then asked for the plans to be "called in" over the concerns.

However, after a Public Inquiry in which the details of the development proposals were presented at length, the plans have now been given approval to proceed.

Surinder Arora, chairman of Arora International Hotels, said: "This is great news. The approval of our plans means exciting times ahead for Arora International, the Brit Oval and Lambeth.

"We are proud to be a part of this development and the benefits that it will bring to Kennington, the surrounding area and the game of cricket."

Paul Sheldon, chief executive of Surrey, added: "This decision has been a long time coming, and we are very pleased with the outcome.

"The continued improvement of facilities at the Brit Oval means that international cricket is guaranteed a place here for many years to come, and the Arora International hotel will be a major contributor to some much needed regeneration for our local area.

"We are looking forward to sitting down and getting into the detail of bringing these plans to life."

Arora International to build new hotel at the Oval >>

Surrey County Cricket fails to get planning permission for hotel >>

Surrey County Cricket gets green light for hotel >>

The rise of Arora >>

By Daniel Thomas

E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas here. jobs
Looking for a new job? Find your next hotel job here with jobs

Blogs on]( Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking