Old Trafford revamp approved

The
Government Office for the North-West
has taken the decision to not call in the judgment by the Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council to
give planning permission for the continued redevelopment scheme for Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester.

The
scheme, put together by Old Trafford
Partnership including the Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), Tesco and Ask
Developments, has an estimated cost
of $50m and includes a new Tesco supermarket.

“This is
positive news for the sports-led regeneration in Stretford and means the scheme, which will result in hundred of local jobs in the
area and help secure the future of Test match cricket at Old Trafford, moves
significantly closer to reality,” says leader of Trafford Council, Matt
Colledge.

The
England and Wales Cricket Board says
the sporting grounds will not hold any more Test cricket until the revamp is
completed. To stay in the running to host the 2013 Ashes series, it must be
completed by 2012.

The news
comes following the official opening
of the first phase of the Old Trafford development, with the unveiling this week of the new £12m
conference and events venue, The Point. 

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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