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Protest over homes plan for former cricket ground

There have been protests today over plans to build houses on the former home of Norfolk County Cricket Club.

The ground at Lakenham in Norwich has become derelict in recent years, but people living nearby say it should remain as an open space to be used for sports activities.

A demonstration took place outside City Hall where a planning inquiry into the proposed development started today.

The organiser Terry Dunning from the Lakenham Cricket Ground Residents' Association said: "After all the efforts in sport since the Olympics and Wimbledon and the Ashes, we want to encourage people for sport and here we are closing down the site that is ripe for it.

"We can't have cricket anymore because its not big enough anymore but it should be used for what it is intended."

Initially, council officers recommended that the housing scheme shoulde be approved, but councillors on the planning committee rejected it.

"We can't quite understand why they went against their officers' advice," said Richard Cubitt, from the developers Serruys Property Company. "This development would provide much needed housing in Norwich and provide the public with the access they are seeking."

The old cricket ground at Lakenham. Credit: ITV News Anglia