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Surrey County Cricket fails to get planning permission for hotel

23 October 2007
Surrey County Cricket fails to get planning permission for hotel

Surrey County Cricket Club has failed to get planning permission for a 170-bedroom hotel at the Brit Oval in Kennington, south London.

The club has proposed building a four-star hotel in partnership with Arora International, as part of the development of a 1,600 seat stand.

It hoped to complete the development in time for the 2009 Ashes contest against Australia.

However, Lambeth Council threw out the proposal following objections from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The HSE warned of the risk of a major incident because of the development's proximity to the Kennington gas holder.

The decision, which Surrey plans to appeal against, follows opposition to the scheme from a small group of local residents.

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By Daniel Thomas

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