MCC Members Speak Out Against Plan To Build Residential Flats At Lord's
The Marylebone Cricket Club "could be risking the wrath of its members" if it approves a plan to build 97 new flats at Lord’s after the development proposal "was loudly opposed" at a meeting on Monday, according to Elizabeth Ammon of the LONDON TIMES. The plan drawn by David Morley Architects to "build flats either side of a new Nursery End pavilion" at the ground in St. John’s Wood, London, was "one of two options presented to members." It would provide the MCC with £100M ($127M) in cash and £35M ($44.3M) in new facilities, "but those who made impassioned speeches against any residential development on the estate" were reportedly given "loud applause by most of the room." The MCC said that the committee "will listen very carefully" to the views of members coming out of the consultation but "if the mood at the first of five national consultation events is anything to go by, it is unlikely there will be overwhelming support" for the Morley plan. The second option would see the Nursery End of the ground developed "without any residential facilities but would be paid for by MCC reserves and with some borrowing" (LONDON TIMES, 6/20).