Wayne and Coleen Rooney accused of turning village into residential area for ‘footballers’

Wayne and Coleen Rooney have been accused of turning a picturesque village into a residential area for ‘footballers’, while a parish council takes a swipe at the couple’s £20 million mansion, which has been compared to a Morrisons supermarket.

Ollerton, along with Marthall Parish Council, posted a five-minute video to YouTube centering on a neighbor’s bid to build a barn on Ryecroft Farm, next to the Rooney family’s home in Knutsford, Cheshire.

The council said it was concerned that the barn, once built, would be used as a home rather than sheep farming, as the applicant claimed.

In a video criticizing those plans, the council dragged in the Rooneys and their redevelopment of neighboring Mount Pleasant Farm.

Without naming the famous couple, the council urged planning authorities to oppose the neighboring application to ‘prevent the conversion of this part of Cheshire into a residential area for footballers’.

The surrounding Cheshire villages are popular with Manchester City and Manchester United players, including Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw, as well as Liverpool and Everton players Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson.

Known as the Cheshire Golden Triangle, the area was also formally home to David and Victoria Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Christiano Ronaldo.

Knutsford has a supercar garage that supplies the wealthy residents with first-class cars, including Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce.

MailOnline has approached the Rooneys for comment.

The six-bedroom mansion Wayne and Coleen had built since 2017 was still surrounded by cranes and workmen in early 2020, but was completed later that year

The six-bedroom mansion Wayne and Coleen had built since 2017 was still surrounded by cranes and workmen in early 2020, but was completed later that year

Wayne Rooney completed a football pitch with first-class facilities in his £20 million mega-mansion with 40 acres of land that he and his wife Coleen had been building for nearly three years.

Wayne Rooney completed a football pitch with first-class facilities in his £20 million mega-mansion with 40 acres of land that he and his wife Coleen had been building for nearly three years.

Wayne Rooney completed a football pitch with first-class facilities in his £20 million mega-mansion with 40 acres of land that he and his wife Coleen had been building for nearly three years.

Dream Home: Mr and Mrs Rooney and their four sons (pictured together in a photo published in 2020) are said to have moved into the property last year

Dream Home: Mr and Mrs Rooney and their four sons (pictured together in a photo published in 2020) are said to have moved into the property last year

Dream Home: Mr and Mrs Rooney and their four sons (pictured together in a photo published in 2020) are said to have moved into the property last year

A source told The sun that the line was “clearly aimed at the Rooneys” and their £20million mega-mansion completed last year.

The former footballer’s mini football stadium is complete with the managers’ dugouts, changing rooms and even a spectator area.

The six-bedroom stack in Cheshire, which is unfriendly in design compared to a Morrisons superstore outside the city, also has a synthetic turf field of up to 60,000 square feet on its expansive 40-acre site.

Social media users compared the Rooney family’s lavish new home – believed to have its own cinema room and swimming pool – to a Morrisons or Tesco.

One person wrote online: ‘It looks like my local Morrisons supermarket. £20 million for that?’

Another said: ‘Isn’t that a new Tesco build…?’ – others even compared it to a Travelodge hotel.

The plush garage has space for six cars and the stables (shown) have space for 14 horses plus a hay store and tack room

The plush garage has space for six cars and the stables (shown) have space for 14 horses plus a hay store and tack room

The plush garage has space for six cars and the stables (shown) have space for 14 horses plus a hay store and tack room

His three-storey mansion in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of facilities

His three-storey mansion in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of facilities

His three-storey mansion in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of facilities

A number of people on social media compared the design of the Rooney house to a supermarket, like this Morrisons in Sunderland

A number of people on social media compared the design of the Rooney house to a supermarket, like this Morrisons in Sunderland

A number of people on social media compared the design of the Rooney house to a supermarket, like this Morrisons in Sunderland

The village hall in Marthall.  Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council has accused the Rooneys of turning Knutsford into a residential area for 'footballers'

The village hall in Marthall.  Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council has accused the Rooneys of turning Knutsford into a residential area for 'footballers'

The village hall in Marthall. Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council has accused the Rooneys of turning Knutsford into a residential area for ‘footballers’

Ollerton, along with Marthall Parish Council, posted a five-minute video on YouTube centering on a neighbor's bid to build a barn on Ryecroft Farm (pictured, plans for that application), next to the Rooney family's home in Knutsford , Cheshire

Ollerton, along with Marthall Parish Council, posted a five-minute video on YouTube centering on a neighbor's bid to build a barn on Ryecroft Farm (pictured, plans for that application), next to the Rooney family's home in Knutsford , Cheshire

Ollerton, along with Marthall Parish Council, posted a five-minute video on YouTube centering on a neighbor’s bid to build a barn on Ryecroft Farm (pictured, plans for that application), next to the Rooney family’s home in Knutsford , Cheshire

The council said it was concerned that the barn, once built, would be used as a home rather than sheep farming, as the applicant claimed.

The council said it was concerned that the barn, once built, would be used as a home rather than sheep farming, as the applicant claimed.

The council said it was concerned that the barn, once built, would be used as a home rather than sheep farming, as the applicant claimed.

Referring to the neighboring application, Ollerton said with Marthall Parish Council: ‘Building has been underway on this site for over a decade, with less than 45 acres of farmland now remaining.

“There isn’t enough land left to build or justify barns of this size. The principal business of the applicant and his family is real estate development, not agriculture.

“This is a plan designed to fail. Once the company goes bankrupt, the barn is converted into yet another home. . . to create what has become a collection of very, very large houses.

“We, as the parish council, ask that you oppose this request in order to protect the green belt and prevent this part of Cheshire from being turned into a residential area for footballers.”

The video was posted on the council’s YouTube page and also sent to the Cheshire East Town council’s planning authority.

Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council has been contacted for comment.

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