Friday 24 December 2010 

Lancashire Face Legal Challenge Over Redevelopment

Lancashire Face Legal Challenge Over Redevelopment
Lancashire Face Legal Challenge Over Redevelopment
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Lancashire is facing a legal challenge to its plans to upgrade Old Trafford ahead of the 2013 Ashes series. Derwent Holdings Ltd, a property company, is seeking a judicial review after the LCCC  received planning permission in September from Trafford Council for the £32 million redevelopment of the ground.

New pitches, two new grandstands and a new pavilion will be built according to new plans and the new ground would include the creation of a Tesco store on a neighbouring 50-acre site.

Jim Cumbes, chief executive of LCCC, said work on the ground would go on.

“We are pleased to confirm that we are on site and well underway implementing a perfectly lawful planning consent for the substantial re-development of Old Trafford," he said.

"Derwent’s actions are a blatant attempt to force us to stop work. There is too much at stake for the club, Trafford and the wider North-west and we will not be bullied into stopping.”

The legal challenge by Albert Gubay, founder of the Kwik Save supermarket chain, could deprive Manchester’s dream of hosting a Test match against Australia in 2013.

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