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Hotel Plan by Manchester United Legend Gary Neville Opposite Old Trafford Set to Get Green Light
Exclusive by Mike Keegan
May 10, 2012
An artist’s impression of the 10-storey leisure and retail complex. The plans were expected to be approved by council bosses at a town hall meeting tonight.
Gary Neville appears to have won his planning war with Manchester United – after town hall officers recommended his proposals for a hotel and supporters’ club opposite Old Trafford should be allowed.
The Reds legend, who made 400 appearances for the club, wants to create a 10-storey leisure and retail complex within the shadows of the stadium.
But, as revealed in February, United bosses, who had originally backed the proposals, performed a U-turn and lodged a stinging five-page objection with Trafford council officials.
They claimed the development has insufficient parking and say that even if those issues were resolved, ‘MUFC shall continue to oppose and object to the proposed scheme’ due to its impact on the Old Trafford landscape, highway safety and ‘the club’s holistic vision for the continuing enhancement of the area surrounding the stadium’.
A decision was due at a meeting tonight – where it is understood planning bosses will recommend the project for approval.
In an 18-page report into the scheme, they dismiss United’s claims that the building, which includes a bar, a shop and 139 bedrooms, will impact negatively on the Old Trafford landscape. They also state their belief that it will create jobs and ‘support economic growth’.
The report also reveals that Greater Manchester Police’s United match commander, Chief Supt Mark Roberts, has raised concerns with the plans.
He cited evidence that licensed premises close to football grounds increase the risk of crime and disorder.
But within the report, planners state that no objections from the force were received and added that they will expect bosses at the project to work closely with police on match days.
Neville, a United ambassador, will be required to hand over almost £162,000 towards highway and transport schemes and a further £82,770 unless he plants 267 trees on the site next to the Bridgewater Canal on Sir Matt Busby Way.
He will also be asked to provide evidence the site can provide parking spaces for 210 cars three months prior to opening.
Planning consultant for the project, Rob Turley, said on behalf of Neville: "We are aware that Trafford Planning Committee will meet tonight and we understand the scheme is recommended for approval by the officers. We await the outcome of planning committee."
A spokesman for the club said: "Manchester United are aware of the planning report and await the council’s decision."
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said the force did not wish to comment further on the plans.
Location:Gary Neville Old Trafford Hotel Approved
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has been given the go-ahead to build a hotel near Old Trafford, despite objections from his former club.
Mr Neville planned to build the 139-bed hotel and supporters club with proceeds from his testimonial match last year.
Man Utd objected, claiming the scheme on the site of a former lard factory undermined the "holistic vision" of its "strategic plan" for the area.
However, councillors in Trafford have approved the former right back's plans.
A club spokesman said it was "disappointed" with the result.
When he announced the project, to be sited on the corner of Wharfside Way and Sir Matt Busby Way, Mr Neville said he wanted to do "something special for the fans".
Last year the football club's chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke, said: "This is a very exciting project and the club wishes Gary every success with it."
But the club lodged a major objection to the project in which it claimed: "MUFC 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."
Mr Neville hopes the hotel will be open for the 2013-14 season.
February start for Gary Neville's hotel by Old Trafford...
Gary Neville: Opening a hotel is like my debut for Manchester United
October 05, 2012
Former Reds star Gary Neville has opened up about his new career as a hotelier – and compared it with his debut at United.
The former skipper was the keynote speaker at the Annual Hotel Conference 2012 at the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate.
Speaking to an audience of top hoteliers from around the country, Neville revealed how he planned to begin building a 140-bed hotel less than 100 yards from Old Trafford in February next year – and it could be the first of many.
"Three or four years ago I got a bad tackle and my football career was coming to an end," he said. "I wanted the next 20 or 25 years to be as enjoyable as the previous. But when you’re an ex-footballer people don’t take you very seriously. I wanted my life to be something different than just football."
The 37-year-old TV football pundit and England coach was given planning permission for the new hotel by Trafford council in May.
He said it would not be ‘United themed’ – but there would be something especially for United supporters.
"There will be a floor dedicated to Man United because I committed to doing something for the fans," he said. "It will hold about 1,500 fans on match days. But it won’t be a Manchester United-themed hotel. I want people to come from all clubs."
The Reds legend, who made 400 appearances for the club, admitted to feeling nervous about his new venture.
"It’s like when I made my debut for Manchester United – I don't know what’s going to happen," he said. "But in the same way – if you’ve got good people around you, you feel like you can succeed."
He added: "I’m excited because it will be my first foray into the world of hotels. I’m really looking forward to it. I want to deliver and achieve something."
Minor amendments? It seems to have been altered considerably since the first designs were put forward!Back to committee this week following minor amendments.
Gary Neville gets approval for football pitch on roof of his Old Trafford hotel
November 09, 2012
A football pitch will be built on the roof of the hotel
Gary Neville's plans for a football pitch on top of his new hotel have been approved. Councillors unanimously approved plans for the artificial pitch at his hotel and supporters club in the shadow of Old Trafford.
The 16m by 12m pitch will be available for use by anyone wishing to play at the top of the ten-storey building including non-residents. It includes a bar, TV and a retractable roof canopy.
Following the decision by Trafford's planning committee work is expected to start on site by Sir Matt Busby Way at the end of January 2013 despite United's objections to the project.
Speaking after the decision Anthony Kilbride, projects director from Red Property Service, said: "The roof was to be used on match days and we decided to utilise it with something a bit more interesting.
"I can not think of a more iconic location to play five-a-side football.
"We hope to attract families and kids to use the pitch, it will not be exclusively for hotel guests."
The former Manchester United skipper's 138-bed hotel is expected to be open in time for the start of the 2014/15 season.
The original application had been approved in May but came back before planners with minor design changes including the pitch.
Changes included increasing the height of the building by 1.9m to accommodate the pitch's retractable roof and the removal of all hotel balconies.
Former Manchester United player Gary Neville wants giant advertsing hoardings on Old Trafford hotel
November 27, 2012
Former United star Gary Neville wants to attach two giant advertisement boards to his new hotel.
The ex-Reds defender has already been given planning permission to build a 138-bed complex, including a supporters club and roof-top pitch, across the road from Old Trafford.
And the 37-year-old, an England coach and Sky Sports pundit, has now submitted an application to planning chiefs to install two 11m-high signs at the hotel.
Objections to the plans from his former employers may have been expected. They protested against Neville’s original proposals for the hotel, claiming that they would impact upon ‘the club's holistic vision for the continuing enhancement of the area surrounding the stadium’.
But the club have told the M.E.N. that there are no plans to object to the proposals.