Tesco has won the long-running legal battle over its bid to redevelop the Old Trafford cricket ground.

Following a judicial review, the High Court ruled today that the £32m redevelopment drawn up by Tesco and Lancashire County Cricket Club could go ahead as planned.

Derwent Holdings –set up by the millionaire Kwik Save founder Albert Gubay – had argued that Trafford council had approved the bid unlawfully.

It claimed LCC and Tesco had manipulated the planning process by linking the development of the stadium and the superstore via a clause in the planning document.

Derwent – whose alternative plans for a Sainsbury’s were thrown out by the council – claimed councillors should have judged the plans for the ground and the Tesco store separately.

But following the ruling, the way is now clear for Tesco – which has pledged £21m towards the redevelopment – to build a 100,000 sq ft store on the site.

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