Lancashire Cricket Club can now proceed with redevelopment plans after Trafford Council gave it the thumbs up.
The cricket ground will have a new stand which will increase capacity, extension to the hotel, enhanced member facilities, a heritage centre and a new ticket and shop which will face directly on to Brian Statham Way.
This redevelopment all ties in with the ‘Civic Quarter’ which is in place to transform Stretford which will include more houses, UA92 campus, improved cycling and walking infrastructure and a procession route from the cricket club to Manchester United FC.
Some trees are to be knocked down during this redevelopment however councillors were told that new trees are to be planted, they did not fully understand that a tree takes many years to grow!
Concerts at the venue have been a huge success however even with the expanded capacity it would not go over 50,000 for any concert and the noise issues will be constantly checked.
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive at Lancashire Cricket, said:
“We are delighted that the application for further development at Emirates Old Trafford has been approved by the planning committee.
“The decade-long £60 million redevelopment of the ground was so that the Club could host major competitions, and major matches as it has done in 2019 with the ICC Cricket World Cup and Ashes, and will continue to do over the next five years and beyond.
“The new stand and hotel extension will complete the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford. We’re committed to making Lancashire Cricket the best it possibly can be and position it as an unrivalled venue for business, sport and leisure.
“We’re looking forward to the next phase, which will help us to achieve our vision of establishing Lancashire Cricket as the best cricket club in the world. It’s an exciting chapter for both the Club and venue, and also the region. I would also like to thank Chroma and Paul Butler Associates for their assistance throughout the process.”