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Howzat! People like Cricket more then they hate Tesco

Old Trafford development plan approved

Published on March 12th 2010.

Howzat! People like Cricket more then they hate Tesco

The chamber was packed. There was even a giraffe sweating at the back.

Yes Lanky, the mascot of Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), was present when the plans were passed.

Manchester Confidential thinks its fabulous news, great for Old Trafford, great for LCCC, great for Manchester.

Trafford Council’s planning committee has approved the application to redevelop Old Trafford cricket ground and the surrounding area.

As a jubilant press release says: 'The Old Trafford Partnership, made up of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Ask Developments and Tesco, welcomed the decision as it attempts to keep international cricket in Trafford. The decision means that, subject to formal approval by Government Office North West, preparation work can begin on the redevelopment of the ground, with construction work set to start in the autumn.

'Without substantial redevelopment, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had confirmed that after this year’s Test Match against Bangladesh there would be no more international cricket at Old Trafford. If Old Trafford is to remain an international venue, construction work must start in 2010 to meet strict deadlines set by the game’s governing body.

'The Old Trafford proposals are part of an innovative sports-led regeneration strategy for a 50-acre mixed use neighbourhood. The plans include a Tesco store with approximately 94,000 sq ft retail sales floorspace providing a much needed local store and over 500 jobs, half of which would be guaranteed for the local long-term unemployed. In advance of the planning meeting, the size of food retail space in the store was reduced by 6,000 sq ft on the request of Tesco.'

'Trafford Council confirmed that as of Thursday 28 January it had received 947 letters of support for the proposals to redevelop Old Trafford cricket ground, build a new Tesco store on Chester Road , and regenerate this part of the borough - with 156 letters coming from Trafford residents and businesses. This compares to 263 objections in total from all UK addresses (155 from Trafford).'

Manchester Confidential thinks its fabulous news, great for Old Trafford, great for LCCC, great for Manchester.

Incidentially there were about 150 pro-LCCC people and no more than fifteen anti-Tesco/Partnership people present before the meeting last night.

Seems cricket is liked more then Tesco is hated.

The headline from the statement released by the anti-protesters after the result was: 'Local traders hit for 6 : Trafford Council delivers death knell for Stretford Mall'. The emphasis on Stretford Mall is a slight change of tack here.

Anyway they want John Denham, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to call-in the planning application for the following reasons. That Trafford Council hasn't assessed the planning application in an impartial manner, that the impact on local shopping areas is going to be very damaging, that there will be a traffic impact with increased local congestion.

We think, as previously stated (click here) that the benefits outweigh the negatives by gazillions. Let's hope the application isn't called in, let's hope the diggers start digging and let's hope it happens soon.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

John15700March 12th 2010.

In the interests of fairness you might have mentioned that Lancashire Cricket Club put on catering and a meet and greet with the players to encourage people to show up to support the LCCC/Tesco proposal.

Also, it is curious that ManCon thinks the very occasional game of test cricket is worth the price of a massively inappropriate 150,000 sq foot Tesco that on a daily basis will lead to terrible congestion and knock the stuffing out of local shops and town centres.

Everyone wants the cricket club improved but this is not the right way to do it.

AgricolaMarch 12th 2010.

What local town centres? It's a city we get congestion.

John15700March 12th 2010.

Town centres and local shops in Stretford and Chorlton. The congestion I was referring to was not the everyday traffic you would expect in the city but the disaster that will be the combination of the very busy A56, MUFC and LCCC along with what will be one of the Tescos in the country.

Christopher BryanMarch 13th 2010.

It would be great if Ask Developments could come and finish Urmston town square before starting any digging on this one. There's half a town square and half a boarded up mass of rubble with no activity for well over 6 months.

Christopher BryanMarch 13th 2010.

Also. How is this an "innovative sports-led regeneration strategy"?. It's nothing new. Just look at the Eastlands site, Reebok Stadium at Horwich and/or the Olympic site in East London.

David MaloneyMarch 16th 2010.

I don't like cricket, oh no... I love it. Tesco, on the other hand...

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