LCCC Chief Executive Jim Cumbes hails: “Historic decision for the future of international cricket in the North West.”
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.
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.