Essex have received a boost to their ground development plans following governmental approval to grant planning permission for the plans to redevelop the County Ground in Chelmsford.
"Essex Cricket welcomes the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission for the re-development of The Ford County Ground, Chelmsford," a statement read.
"The letter from the Secretary of State recognises the economic and community benefits, not only to the Club but also the town centre. The Club and it's development partner MCD are closely studying the full transcript of the Inspector's report and the letter from the Secretary of State so that they can fully understand all the detailed aspects and conditions of the planning permission."
An original decision had been postponed until April and this was further delayed to the calling of the general election.
The plans include building a new pavilion and residential housing.
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