The planned construction of a hotel at Hampshire’s Rose Bowl cricket ground has moved one step closer thanks to the withdrawal of an application for a judicial review by a group of local hoteliers.
On Friday night Eastleigh Borough Council released the following statement;
“Both the Council and the hoteliers are pleased to announce that the application for judicial review has today been withdrawn by agreement between the parties. The hoteliers are satisfied that the Council has listened to their concerns and that the appropriate measures have now been taken to address these concerns and ensure the viability of the project prior to a final decision being taken by the Council as to whether The Rose Bowl hotel development will proceed or not.
“Due to the delay which has been caused by the judicial review and the consequent need to update the financial projections, the decision to finance the project will be subject to a further vote of Full Council which will take place once the Council have completed any further due diligence required. Assuming that support remains for the project, and the due diligence exercise is completed without complications, the Council’s involvement in the hotel can proceed.”
The hotel is set to be built at the Northern end of the site and is part of the £48m re-development project which has already seen two new stands built at the ground. The fantastic new stands will be open in time for the England v Australia Natwest One Day International on Tuesday 22nd June (tickets still available: see www.rosebowlplc.com/international for more details) and will increase the venue’s maximum capacity from 20,000 to 25,000 people.
Chairman of Hampshire Cricket, Rod Bransgrove said; “We are delighted with this development which, we are confident, means that the new hotel can now finally be built. Clearly the hotel is integral to Hampshire’s plan to be a top-class test-match cricket venue. But it will also be an exciting and important addition for the thousands of supporters we bring in to the Eastleigh area and the wider region every week.
“We have maintained throughout that all the processes in respect of the planning and preparation for this hotel have been undertaken with the utmost due care and diligence. We look forward now to completing this fantastic project.”