By Davie Heaton
Stretford High School is celebrating a High Court ruling to allow the redevelopment of Old Trafford.
A court rejected the case brought by Derwent Holdings against the Council’s approval of plans for Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) and Tesco to overhaul the ground and build a new store.
While the school delivers “outstanding” OFSTED rated Physical Education, much of their sports programme has to be delivered off site relying on local providers.
“Stretford High School is delighted,” said head teacher James Haseldine.
“Our educational partnership with LCCC which provides work placements, use of coaching and conference facilities to name but a few of the many benefits, would be under threat if the verdict went against Trafford.”
LCCC’s chief executive Jim Cumbes confirmed that the verdict would enable the club to fulfil their promises to local schools.
He said the plans to spend £32million improving the stadium would secure the future of international cricket in the region.
The project will bring at least £70million of investment into an area of low economic activity, according to Trafford Council.
Council Leader Matt Colledge said: “This will not only benefit this Borough in terms of our tourism economy but will also ensure there are first-class sporting facilities for future generations”.
Derwent Holdings, who own Sainsbury’s, had challenged the Council’s decision to approve the project.
The Bermuda based company were unhappy that Tesco had been given the green light to build on a site where Sainsbury’s had earlier been refused planning permission.
Tesco’s corporate affairs manager Matthew Magee claimed the new store would bring hundreds of new jobs to the area.
FUTURE PLANS: Computer generated image of what the cricket ground should look like. Two new grandstands will ensure a capacity of 15,000 capable of rising to 25,000 with temporary seating
Image copyright of Lancashire County Cricket Club.