New England coach and Manchester United great Gary Neville is celebrating a double triumph after his plans for a 139-bed hotel and supporters club near Old Trafford are set to go ahead.
Neville, who will combine his Sky Sport’s pundit role with his England duties, beat a legal objection from the Old Trafford club, who claimed it would be detrimental to their own re-development plans.
The complex, pencilled to open for the 2013-2014 season, will be built using the proceeds from his ‘eco-friendly’ testimonial match awarded to him by the Red Devils last year.
But United were left disappointed by the decision, saying:
"Manchester United FC have a strategic plan for the continuing enhancement of the area surrounding the stadium and this holistic vision includes hospitality, conference, retail and visitor facilities.
"The provision of third party facilities such as those proposed could undermine this vision to the detriment of its deliverability."
The hotel, which is to be sited on the corner of Wharfside Way and Sir Matt Busby Way, was described as ‘something special for the fans’ from the former club captain, who made more than 400 appearances before retiring last year.
It will boast a 10-story leisure and retail complex complete with a fans bar and a shop.
Trafford’s planning committee confirmed that objections to the development have been withdrawn as more information will be released.
A spokesperson said: ““There has been no objection from Pollution and Licensing, and Peel Land and Property have submitted a further letter withdrawing their objection to the scheme on the basis that the applicant will provide foundation details and construction methods.”
The project’s planning consultant, Rob Turley, said: “We are aware that Trafford Planning Committee will meet and we understand the scheme is recommended for approval by the officers. We await the outcome of planning committee.”