Leeds: Shedding new light on plans for Headingley cricket ground

Temporary floodlights at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Headingley.
Temporary floodlights at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Headingley.
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NEW details have been revealed about plans to install floodlights at the Headingley cricket ground in Leeds.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club last year said that getting floodlights in place was a key part of their push to safeguard Headingley’s future as an international stadium.

Now a report to a Leeds City Council plans panel has given the clearest indication to date of what is being proposed. It says:

* Each of the four pylons would be nearly 60 metres tall;

* The scheme would cost around £1.8m;

* Yorkshire want to get the floodlights up-and-running in time for the start of their 2015 season.

The report says the club is “financially dependent upon the staging of international cricket”.

It adds that permanent floodlighting will soon be a mandatory requirement for grounds that want to stage international matches.

“The benefits to the city and the region of retaining international cricket are well established and acknowledged,” says the report.

It also says, however, that “the scheme needs to be thoroughly appraised in relation to the effect on the living conditions of existing residents by reason of size, siting and light spill associated with the floodlights”.

A council spokeswoman said a decision on the planning application was expected in the near future.

Headingley’s adjoining rugby ground already has four floodlights of its own.

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