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Old Trafford redevelopment agreed

A £32 million redevelopment plan for Old Trafford cricket ground has been given the green light.

Trafford council approved of the redevelopment plans and work can now begin in the autumn.

Having received permission to go ahead with the project, Lancashire Cricket Club can now press on with the work, which includes the construction of a Tesco superstore adjoining the ground.

The club had been told that without ground improvements, it would not be considered as a venue for future international Test matches.

Before the council gave its backing, it was believed the match between England and Bangladesh this summer would be the last Test at the ground.

To remain an international venue in the medium term, construction work at Old Trafford must start next year so that England and Wales Cricket Board deadlines can be satisfied.

A report to the council had already recommended approval, and found favour with Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes.

The decision means that, subject to formal approval by Government Office North West, preparation work can begin on the redevelopment of the ground.

Cumbes told his club’s official website www.lcc.co.uk: “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.”