Wayne and Coleen Rooney are locked in row with new neighbours over size of their £20m ‘Morrisons’ manor that’s sticks out like a ‘sore thumb’ in the Cheshire countryside
Former England football star Wayne Rooney is locked in a row with his neighbours over his new £20million home in Cheshire.
Rooney, along with his wife Coleen and their four sons, is set to move into the six-bed mansion later this month, but residents in the village have raised concerns about the sprawling three-storey property.
People who live in the small village near Knutsford have now said the home, which had previously been described as looking like a Morrisons supermarket, was bigger than expected when it was first revealed.
Locals are also opposed to supplementary plans to build a large shed to store a tractor and hay bales.
The property will boast an orangery, bar, TV room, snooker room, cinema and wine cellar, as well as a huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion, a hot tub, steam room and ‘his’ and ‘hers’ changing rooms.
The ex-Premier League star’s pad boasts an extensive patio, landscaped gardens, a luxury car garage and a stable block.
Rooney, along with his wife Coleen and their four sons, is set to move into the six-bed mansion later this month (pictured during construction in May)
The property will boast an orangery, bar, TV room, snooker room, cinema and wine cellar in the main dwelling (centre), while a barn and stables is being built bottom right
It also has a ‘guest toilet’ and separate lifts – one for the family, the other for visitors to avoid the social faux pas of using the couple’s own downstairs loo.
The couple are due to live in the sprawling home after moving back to the UK following Rooney’s short stint playing for DC United in Washington, with the striker set to return to British football with Derby County in January.
The footballer was caught up in several controversies while in the States, including being charged with intoxication and profanity in public in December.
In August, he was spotted in a hotel lobby with a mystery woman after seven hours of partying in Vancouver, Canada, with a source telling The Sun that Coleen had ‘read him the riot act’.
Rooney claimed the woman was simply a fan asking for an autograph and photo.
It emerged three months ago that Rooney, 33, paid more than £4million to a Cheshire property developer to build his new £20million mansion.
Speaking about his new home, one neighbour said: ‘The development is very nearly complete but it’s a sore thumb on the landscape.
‘It’s been a surprise to the local village that Rooney was moving here in the first place and many didn’t know what to think, especially as the land deal was kept quiet.’
The nearby resident added: ‘The house which is taking shape wasn’t what many people expected and is not in keeping with the local built environment.
‘Some of us are concerned when the Rooney’s move into the property they may completely change the atmosphere of this tranquil village.’
People who live in the small village near Knutsford have now said the home, which had previously been described as looking like a Morrisons supermarket (shown is the stables building), was bigger than expected when it was first revealed
Social media users claimed the new mansion looked a bit like a supermarket, with other users saying it looked like a Tesco or even a Travelodge
The star is also currently locked in a battle over plans to build the agricultural outbuilding (pictured), which led to suggestions he was set to become a farmer when he hangs up his boots
The star is also currently locked in a battle over plans to build the agricultural outbuilding, which led to suggestions he was set to become a farmer when he hangs up his boots.
Wayne Rooney’s planning agents said in the application: ‘The proposed building is to provide shelter and security to machinery and equipment related to the upkeep of the agricultural land.
‘It will also provide dry storage for hay. The proposed building will be used for storage of farm maintenance such as a tractor and also as a hay store when required.’
But the shed plans – submitted in July last year – are facing opposition from the local parish council.
Ollerton and Marthall Parish Council spokesman said: ‘The application is located within the Green Belt where development is subject to stricter control and the policy focus is on preserving the openness of space, setting and rural character.
‘Ollerton and Marthall is washed over by the Green Belt and careful consideration should be afforded to maintain the openness of space and avoid harm caused by inappropriate development.
Plans were originally submitted in 2014 and given full approval by the local council before the property was bought by the Rooney’s this year
Wayne Rooney (pictured with his wife Coleen) is back in England in January when he will start working with Derby County
‘Given the scale of this development which has become much more visible from the road, any further impact on the Green Belt must be carefully considered.’
Following the comment, the application was withdrawn but resubmitted in February this year and is yet to be considered.
Plans were originally submitted in 2014 and given full approval by the local council before the property was bought by the Rooney’s this year.
Planning documents reveal the site was formerly a construction yard and working farm owned by Mr Brighouse with 51 acres of land owned by the Cheshire house builder.
The planning documents read: ‘The site was previously a working farm but is now primarily used by the client as a main base for a construction business as well as a builders yard and associated external storage areas.’
The documents further reveal that Mr Brighouse himself only paid £1m for the same plot of land only ten years before in December 2005, four times less than the current value today.
It emerged three months ago that Rooney, 33, paid more than £4million to a Cheshire property developer to build his new £20million mansion (shown during construction in May)
Many people online claimed that the Rooney mansion looks like a Tesco, such as this building in Dorchester, Dorset (shown)