Lancashire win Old Trafford ground battle

Lancashire County Cricket Club's Old Trafford ground
Lancashire County Cricket Club's Old Trafford ground
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LANCASHIRE Cricket Club officials and players were in a celebratory mood today after getting the go-ahead to re-develop Old Trafford, ending weeks of anxiety.

The milestone decision means that Lancashire can press ahead with their plans - and it strengthens their case for bringing Test cricket - and more particularly the Ashes - back to the historic ground.

The cause of the euphoria was the High Court decision to reject the case brought by Bermuda-based Derwent Holdings against Trafford Council’s approval of plans to re-develop Old Trafford.

Derwent, owners of the nearby White City non-food retail park, had applied for a judicial review of Trafford Council’s planning approval of the club’s plans - despite the confirmation by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that the £70 million investment plans need not be referred to an inquiry.

Jim Cumbes, Lancashire chief executive, said: “This is a historic moment for Old Trafford, as it will ultimately secure the future of international cricket in Greater Manchester and the North West as well as enabling us to fulfil our promises to local schools and the local community at large.