Historic cricket club looking to sell off Bristol ground for housing

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club is considering selling its Bristol ground according to reports.

The Telegraph is reporting that the sale of the ground in Ashley Down could be raise somewhere between £20m and £40m.

The plan would be to move to an out of town site and redevelop the ground for housing,

According to the reports the new stadium would be built on the edge of the city close to the motorway network.

The Telegraph said a handful of sites are being considered in the South Gloucestershire area.

Gloucestershire have played county cricket in Ashley Down since 1889 since it was bought by the legendary WG Grace.

No final decision have been made, but the club is reported to be discussing options with local councils.

It  would also need approval for a new stadium and for any housing development.

The Telegraph reported the club is looking at building a larger, purpose-built ground which would allow Gloucestershire CCC host international Test matches.

The Telegraph reported the club is looking at creating a larger, purpose-built ground to take Gloucestershire CCC to the next level in terms of hosting international Test matches and to take advantage of a proposal to expand The Hundred with more franchises. At present there is not a West Country Hundred franchise.

Members of the club have been invited to a series of meetings this week, on Tuesday (December 5), The Telegraph said, where the club’s chairman David Jones will “share an important update on the club, our future requirements and the potential impact these may have on our home ground”.