Gary Neville gets go-ahead for hotel rooftop football pitch
Revised plans for AEW-designed hotel win favour of Trafford councillors
Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has been given permission to put a football pitch on top of the ten-storey hotel he plans to build next to the club’s Old Trafford stadium.
Revised plans for the AEW Architects-designed hotel were given the go-ahead by Trafford councillors yesterday. The 16m x 12 m football pitch will be built on the roof and covered with a retractable canopy.
Planning permission for an earlier version of the scheme was granted in May. Changes include reducing the number of bedrooms by one to 138 and increasing the height of the building by two metres.
Neville’s former club objected to the proposals on the grounds that the scheme could undermine the club’s plans for a “holistic” redevelopment of the stadium grounds.
But planning officers noted that the scheme “has taken account of the proposed proximity to MUFC and the prominence of this international venue”.