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Oval £35m redevelopment approved

Plans for a £35 million new stand at the Oval cricket ground in south London were approved last night.

A Lambeth Council planning committee gave its approval to joint developers Surrey County Cricket Club and Arora International plans to build a new stand and 168 bedroom hotel at the ground.

The move comes despite Health and Safety Executive fears that the development could put lives at risk if there was an explosion at the adjacent Kennington Gasholders.

The HSE now has 21 days to lodge a formal opposition to the planning approval. If this does not happen, French construction manager Coteba has the contract to build the stand and hotel once the planning conditions are agreed and signed off.

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