Newclose County Cricket Ground with the overflow car park on the right. Picture by Peter Boam.
PLANS for a 60-bed hotel at Newclose County Cricket Ground have been approved by the Isle of Wight Council.
The council planning committee granted outline planning permission for the development off Blackwater Road, having deferred the application in March for further information.
Councillors, who voted eight to one in favour of the hotel on Tuesday, heard the scheme had huge potential in drawing international quality cricket to the Isle of Wight.
Committee member and Island cricket follower, Cllr Steve Stubbings said: "The significance of this development is potentially huge."
The previous meeting heard the hotel would create up to 60 jobs and included indoor cricket facilities as well as squash courts and a swimming pool.
For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press tomorrow (Friday, May 30).