Birmingham City Council approves £20m loan to redevelop Edgbaston cricket ground
Birmingham City Council has approved a £20 million loan to redevelop Edgbaston cricket ground as long as legal challenges are overcome.
The council’s cabinet proceeded with the loan to redevelop the stadium, its facilities, install permanent floodlights and build a surrounding hotel and leisure complex which Warwickshire County Cricket Club say are needed to ensure the city continues to host money-spinning Test matches and one-day internationals.
Several residents groups have combined forces in a legal battle against the proposals and have secured a judicial review into the decision to grant planning permission two months ago.
Opposition Labour group leader Sir Albert Bore said: “I wonder what are the implications of the judicial review. The council is taking a decision to put in place a loan facility on a project which is part of a judicial process.”
Council chief executive Stephen Hughes said: “One of the conditions of the loan is that they have planning permission. If the judicial review is successful then the loan cannot go ahead.”