Approval expected for City’s training plans

Manchester City FC's plans for a major development close to its ground will go before planners on 22 December.

The club wants to transform an 80-acre site off Alan Turing Way in east Manchester into a major training centre with a 7,000-seat arena, 14 full size pitches, and accommodation for young players.

The outline application also includes an energy centre, a 90-metre bridge linking the site to the Etihad Stadium and a new sixth form college for 600 students.

City has already started remediation work at the site which was occupied by Clayton Aniline Chemical Works until 2006. There is also evidence of 13 mine shafts, railway sidings, a forge and other industrial works.

In a report recommending approval the head of planning said: "The proposed development will contribute towards the continuing integrated approach to regeneration in east Manchester combining social, economic and environmental benefits through the provision of a comprehensive package which includes football training facilities and infrastructure on a prominent site, the majority of which has been vacant and derelict for a long time."

British Waterways has objected on the grounds the proposals do not reflect the potential of the Ashton Canal as a "multi-functional green infrastructure asset and sustainable transport route".

Drivers Jonas Deloitte is advising on planning.

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