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Triumphant meets terse

Mega-Tesco at Old Trafford not ‘called in’ by Government Office NW

Published on June 24th 2010.

Triumphant meets terse

We’ve had this press release today.

Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) has received the green light from the government for its dream to secure Test cricket and bring the Ashes back to Old Trafford.

As we have made it clear from the beginning, securing international cricket and developing Old Trafford cricket stadium, were always way more important than the battle against Tesco.

Government Office North West has informed Trafford Council that its approval in March of the planning application to redevelop Old Trafford cricket ground and the surrounding area need not be ‘called in’ by the government.

The Old Trafford Partnership, made up of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Trafford Council, Ask Developments and Tesco, welcomed the decision.

The decision means that preparation work will continue on the plans to redevelop the ground.

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 Test match cricket at Old Trafford and the future of international cricket in general would be in jeopardy. If Old Trafford is to remain an international venue, construction work must start in the near future to meet strict deadlines set by the game’s governing body.

LCCC Chief Executive Jim Cumbes said: “This is an historic decision for the future of international cricket in the North West – we can now press on with redeveloping the famous Old Trafford cricket ground and securing our place as one of the world’s best cricketing arenas. Government Office North West has backed the council’s recognition of the important role the club plays in supporting Trafford’s economy – especially through hosting international matches like the Ashes.

“And this decision backs the partnership’s plans to deliver a much-needed new retail offering, hundreds of local jobs, and millions of pounds in regeneration to this part of the borough.

“With construction work now set to progress, I would personally like to thank everyone who has backed our proposals. We have been overwhelmed by the level of support and encouragement we have received.”

Michael Kissman, Corporate Affairs Manager for Tesco said: “This is a flagship development for us in the Manchester area we are delighted that we can now proceed with the scheme and support the redevelopment of the cricket ground. This will create hundreds of jobs in the local area and most importantly half the jobs created in the Tesco store will be reserved for the long term unemployed.”

The development alone will bring investment of at least £70 million into parts of Trafford which suffer from low levels of economic activity and employment.’

That’s the LCCC/Tesco press release.

Debbie Ellen, from the Keep Chorlton Interesting Campaign, a key opponent of the vast new store, sent us this.

Call it Black Wednesday - we have received news that the Secretary of State has decided not to call in the application to build a 168,000 sq. ft store as part of the LCCC cricket ground redevelopment. The only option now is a Judical Review - cost at least 25K. What can we say?’

As we have made it clear from the beginning, securing international cricket and developing Old Trafford cricket stadium, were always way more important than the battle against Tesco. We need to keep our high profile sporting events. Also Confidential remains unconvinced by arguments that Chorlton, for example, will be devastated by the new store. Indeed for the residents of Gorse Hill, Tesco will turn a wasteland into useful space, and give people an alternative to the awful Stretford Mall.

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

AnonymousJune 25th 2010.

well it won't affect Chorlton unless you are too posh to shop at Morrisons but if you are that posh wouldn't you go to Waitrose in Cheadle.

The question really is is Trafford Council in order to accept the deal (LCC Ground is in Trafford, as a planning/ community gain as against refurbishing the shopping centre. As the name suggests the Cricket Ground is in Old Trafford and may be a disbenefit to the people living there. and the gain is not to the people of Stetford.

AnonymousJune 25th 2010.

Terrible decision. National and local planning guidelines to encourage development in struggling town centres such as Stretford ignored.

Huge, inappropriate out of town shopping store in already heavily congested area approved. Good schools being hastily shutdown to make available land for massive car park. £21 million from sale of school land transferred from Trafford Council to a the LCC, a private members club.

For what? So that a cricket ground that is virtually empty for most county games can bid to host the occasional test match. The ends do not justify the means...

Keep Chrolton local for local peopleJune 26th 2010.

This is about as much to do with chorlton as a superstorm in picadilly.

NOBYism is one think, but the 'Keep Chorlton Interesting Campaign' are Luddites who for some unknown reason want to keep chorlton as the cesspit of crap small shops it is.

Jonathan Schofield - editorJune 26th 2010.

Dear person above that's an asinine comment. You could say that Tesco serves one market, clearly you, and the lovely - not crap - small shops of Chorlton serve another. I think it will serve both and I'll use both. But if I want good fish, meat, bread, maybe something a bit different to wear, and if I want some good beer or wine I'll be using the fine emporia of Chorlton. Not Tesco. At the same time I will be buying tickets for international games in Old Trafford and no doubt attending events at the splendid new conference facilities there. Hey looks like we all win. And the area gets loads of dosh in as well. Capitalism. It's the system we live by.

AnonymousJune 27th 2010.

I agree with the editor that the new conference facilities at the cricket are great but they have absolutely nothing at all to do with the proposed tesco/lcc development plans.

The editor also states that capitalism is the system we live by. I thought we actually lived in  a democratic state that regulates the excesses of pure capitalism. Hard fought for laws have been put in place to protect against monopolistic practices and undue influence of big business.
What we have here is a tesco bribe of £21 million pound to get a development approved that has twice previously been rejected by the planning authorities.  We don't all win when this happens.

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