Rejig plans for area skirting Old Trafford



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The Premier League team Manchester United F.C. are welcoming plans from the Trafford Council to regenerate the area surrounding their residence – the Old Trafford in Stretford, England (UK) – with the stadium one of five designated areas to bring new life to the community.

‘onefootball.com’ stated that the United are faced with their own plans for the future, with the new 25 percent owner British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe intending to make the Old Trafford into a ‘Wembley of the North’, likely through redevelopment or rebuilding from the ground up on the existing site, rather than relocating to a new site.

The Manchester United Football Club, commonly referred to as Man United, or simply United, is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England (UK). The club competes in the Premier League, the top division of the English football league system.

The Old Trafford is a football stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England (UK), and the home of the Manchester United F.C. With a capacity of 74,310 it is the largest club football stadium in the United Kingdom, and the 12th-largest in Europe.

The 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London (UK). It opened in 2007 on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which had stood from 1923 until 2003.

‘onefootball.com’ further stated that staying put and working in the area that the club has called home for 114 years since 1910 appeared to be given further backing through a formal response to the Trafford Council’s plans.

The Trafford Council is the local authority of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England. It is a Metropolitan District Council, one of 10 in Greater Manchester and one of 36 in the Metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local Government services in Trafford.

The Trafford Wharf, the Heritage Quarter, the Stadium District, the Innovation Quarter, and the Wharfside Heart are the names that have been given to the various areas around the Wharfside. It has traditionally been a heavily industrialized part of Manchester, but the existing redevelopment of the waterfront area and the arrival of MediaCity (a 200-acre [81 ha] mixed-use development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford, Greater Manchester, England) have given rise to a major surge in the 21st century.

The Trafford Council’s plan has “identified a number of potential development sites and will be used to set an overall strategy to guide future, well-designed development in the area. The masterplan places nature and landscape at the heart of its vision, celebrates the Manchester Ship Canal waterfront and the Imperial War Museum, creates opportunities for up to 5,000 high quality new homes, connects the Trafford Wharfside to the City Centre and develops a high-quality setting for the Manchester United as they develop their plans for a world-class football stadium.”

It continued, “The vision for the Trafford Wharfside is for an area of well-connected communities where all amenities, landmarks and public spaces are easily accessed. The vision supports the Council’s priorities to reduce health inequalities, supporting people out of poverty and addressing our climate crisis and will create a greener, more natural place in which to live and visit.”

The Manchester United Chief Operating Officer (COO) Collette Roche said in response, “This vision for the Trafford Wharfside is tremendously exciting and we are proud to be supporting the Trafford Council with their ambitious plans for an area with such huge potential. We will continue to work closely with the Council and the other local stakeholders on how any future development work at the Old Trafford can complement their vision and, most importantly, benefit the local community.”

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