Trafford Council has approved plans to redevelop Old Trafford cricket ground and the surrounding area.
The plans were submitted by the Old Trafford Partnership, which comprises Lancashire County Cricket Club, Ask Developments and Tesco.
They include a £32m investment in new player and media facilities, extension to the ground’s indoor cricket school, a refurbished pavilion, and new two tier general admission seating.
The decision means that, subject to formal approval by Government Office North West, preparation work can begin on the redevelopment of the ground, with construction work set to start in the autumn.
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 international cricket at Old Trafford. If Old Trafford is to remain an international venue, construction work must start in 2010 to meet strict deadlines set by the game’s governing body.
The Old Trafford proposals are part of a wider sports-led regeneration strategy for a 50-acre mixed use neighbourhood, and include a 94,000 sq ft Tesco supermarket