Wayne and Coleen Rooney have been accused of turning a picturesque village into a ‘footballers’ housing estate’ as a parish council takes a swipe at the couple’s £20million mansion which has been likened to a Morrisons supermarket.
Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council posted a five-minute video onto YouTube centering around a neighbour’s bid to build a barn at Ryecroft Farm, next to the Rooney family home in Knutsford, Cheshire.
The council said it was concerned that, once built, the barn would be used as a home rather than for sheep farming as the applicant claimed.
In a video criticising those plans, the council dragged in the Rooneys and their redevelopment of the neighbouring Mount Pleasant Farm.
Without naming the famous couple, the council urged planning authorities to oppose the neighbouring application to ‘prevent the conversion of this part of Cheshire into a footballers’ housing estate’.
The surrounding villages in Cheshire are popular with players from Manchester City and Manchester United, 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.
The area, known as Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, was also formally home to David and Victoria Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Christiano Ronaldo.
Knutsford has a supercar garage which supplies the wealthy residents with top of the range cars, including Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Rolls Royce.
MailOnline has approached the Rooneys for comment.
The six-bedroom mansion Wayne and Coleen had been building 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 top class facilities at his £20million mega-mansion with 40 acres of land that he and his wife Coleen had been constructing for almost three years
Dream home: Mr and Mrs Rooney and their four sons (pictured together in a photo published in 2020) were believed to have moved in to the property last year
A source told The Sun that the line was ‘clearly aimed at the Rooneys’ and their £20million mega-mansion which was completed last year.
The former footballer’s dream mini-football stadium is complete with managers’ dugouts, changing rooms and even an area for spectators.
The six-bedroom Cheshire pile, unkindly compared in its design to an out-of-town Morrisons superstore, also has an artificial pitch measuring up to 60,000 sq ft in its expansive 40 acres of grounds.
Social media users compared the Rooney family’s lavish new abode – which is believed to have its own cinema room and a swimming pool – to either a Morrisons or Tesco.
One person wrote online: ‘Looks like my local Morrisons supermarket. £20million for that?’
Another said: ‘Surely that is a new Tesco build…?’ – others even compared it to a Travelodge hotel.
Its plush garage has room for six cars and the stables (pictured) have room for 14 horses plus a hay store and a tack room
His three-storey mansion deep in the Cheshire countryside boasts an incredible array of facilities
A number of people on social media compared the Rooney home’s design to a supermarket, such as this Morrisons in Sunderland
The village hall at Marthall. Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council has accused the Rooneys of turning Knutsford into a ‘footballers’ housing estate’
Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council posted a five-minute video onto YouTube centering around a neighbour’s bid to build a barn at Ryecroft Farm (pictured, plans for that application), next to the Rooney family home in Knutsford, Cheshire
The council said it was concerned that, once built, the barn would be used as a home rather than for sheep farming as the applicant claimed
Referring to the neighbouring application, Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council said: ‘There has been building on this site for over ten years, with less than 45 acres of farmable land now remaining.
‘There is not enough land left to farm or justify barns of this size. The applicant and his family’s primary business is property development, not farming.
‘This is a plan devised to fail. Once the business fails, the barn will be converted into yet another house . . . to create what has become a collection of very, very large houses.
‘We, as a parish council, ask that you stand against this application to protect the green belt and prevent the conversion of this part of Cheshire into a footballers’ housing estate.’
The video was posted on the council’s YouTube page and was also sent to the planning authority at Cheshire East Town Council.
Ollerton with Marthall Parish Council has been approached for comment.