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Andrew Flintoff calls for end to Old Trafford dispute

Andrew Flintoff has said he wants to see an end to the legal challenge to the redevelopment of Old Trafford and a return of Test cricket to the ground.

Lancashire County Cricket Club's (LCCC) £32m plans include a new pavilion, new pitches and two new grandstands.

Property company Derwent Holdings has challenged planning permission given to the club and a decision is due to be made at the Court of Appeal on Monday.

The former England captain said: "Enough's enough now."

International venue

He said: "It's something that we want to come to an end as soon as possible.

"The plans have been submitted it's dragging on and on and on, it's obviously not benefiting Lancashire County Cricket Club at the moment.

"We just want to get it stopped, start the redevelopment and then get Test cricket, and more importantly Ashes cricket, back to Old Trafford."

He added: "Enough's enough now, just let us get on with our development. That's the one thing we want to do, and thousands of people in the county do too.

"I think the importance of Old Trafford as a cricketing venue, and as an international venue for sport, is massive, so hopefully he (multi-millionaire Albert Gubay, owner of Derwent Holdings) can see that and he can just leave us now to get on with what we need to do."

The project to transform the ground is a joint venture with Tesco, which plans to build a store nearby.

Derwent Holdings challenged the planning permission after Trafford Council rejected its own application for a smaller Sainsbury's store at White City on the grounds that it would impact on trade.

Derwent Holdings, which is one of several companies set up by the Kwik Save founder Mr Gubay, could not be reached for comment.

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