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Gary Neville Old Trafford hotel approved

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Published: 11th May 2012 11:07:39

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.

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."

However 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.

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