Pictured: Traveller camp between Rooney and Rashford's mega-mansions

Travellers who set up camp between Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney’s Cheshire mega-mansions have been given 12 months to move on after the footballers’ neighbours won a long-running battle to remove 13 caravans home to up to 50 people.  

The 18-month standoff began after caravans moved onto the site in Mobberley – just a few fields away from Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s 40-acre ‘Morrison’s Mansion’ – in August 2020.   

The local council initially blocked plans for a Traveller site after it received 1,000 letters of objection from residents citing the lack of Covid-19 provisions and concerns that the site was a ‘hazard to the community’ that would bring a ‘fear of increased crime’.

But Michael Maloney, a self-described member of the Irish travelling community, moved onto the land anyway and then applied for retrospective planning permission. 

Just months later, Maloney was handed a suspended prison sentence for ignoring an injunction barring him from developing the land. 

A three-day inquiry was then held at the beginning of March after the family appealed the council’s decision, and planning inspectors have now given them 12 months to leave the site.

The land sits between former Manchester United player Wes Brown and his Real Housewives Of Cheshire star wife Leanne’s home, and the Rooneys’ property – which features a luxury underground spa and gym, a cinema room, 40 acres of land with stables and a full-size football pitch. 

Marcus Rashford is yet to move into his new £2.5million eco-friendly home after he began construction on his wildlife paradise in 2020. 

Plans for the Manchester United star’s five-bedroom property include a nine-hole golf course, an open-plan kitchen, study and dining room, while it will also feature a basement complete with an indoor swimming pool, wine cellar and a gym. 

The 18-month standoff began after 13 caravans accommodating up to 50 people moved onto the site in Mobberley – just a few fields away from Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s 40-acre home dubbed ‘Morrison’s Mansion’ – in August 2020

The local council initially blocked plans for a Traveller site after it received 1,000 letters of objection from residents citing the lack of Covid provisions and concerns that the site was a ‘hazard’ that would bring a ‘fear of increased crime’

Michael Maloney, a self-described member of the Irish travelling community, moved onto the land anyway and then applied for retrospective planning permission. Just months later, he was handed a suspended prison sentence for ignoring an injunction barring him from developing the land

The news will no doubt come as a relief to the Rooneys, who moved into their £20million Cheshire home earlier this year

Taking his time: England ace Marcus, 24, is yet to move into his new £2.5 million eco-friendly home after he began construction on his wildlife paradise in 2020

The 18-month standoff began after caravans moved onto the site in Mobberley – just a few fields away from Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s 40-acre ‘Morrison’s Mansion’ – in August 2020

Moving on: Travellers who set up camp next to Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s £20 million mansion in Cheshire have been ordered to leave by the council (pictured: the Rooney’s home) 

Councillor Charlotte Leach said: ‘I am delighted with the outcome of this appeal.This decision gives the local community some certainty that Mr Maloney has very much reached the end of the road with this unauthorised development.

‘It has certainly been a long journey to get to this point, but I am confident that we are nearly at the finish line here in ensuring the site can be returned to its original condition.’

Speaking to MailOnline, the local ward membr added: ‘His behaviour has caused significant distress and upset to residents since he moved on site in August 2020 and as a result of his activity, he was found guilty of contempt of court for continuing to build illegally despite an injunction that was in place to prevent any further destruction of the land.

‘This decision from the Planning Inspectorate sends a clear message that as a community we will not accept someone riding roughshod over our planning laws and treating us with contempt.’ 

Councillor Mick Warren, chair of Cheshire East Council’s environment and communities committee, said: ‘This has been a difficult site for the council and local residents but it is good to see that the inspector has supported the council’s approach to protect the borough’s green belt, and our communities, from unauthorised development.

‘The council is pressing ahead with its plans for an official Gypsy and Traveller site in the borough and we hope that this will, at least, provide some scope for the traveller community to have a place to stay, albeit on a temporary basis.’

According to a planning report, ‘the site was occupied by increasing numbers of people and caravans, with the site eventually comprising 13 touring caravans, accommodating between 40 and 50 people’, leading to the council’s court injunction to stop any building work.  

The land sits between former Manchester United player Wes Brown and his Real Housewives Of Cheshire star wife Leanne’s home, and the Rooneys’ property – which features a luxury underground spa and gym, a cinema room, 40 acres of land with stables and a full-size football pitch

Plans: The couple began building their six-bedroom mega onion mansion in 2017 but it was plagued by delays, particularly at the start of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown when building ground to a halt entirely

Family: The married couple will share their luxury pad with their sons, Kai, 12, Klay, eight, Kit, five, and Cass, three 

In the making: The Manchester United star’s five-bedroom property will include a nine-hole golf course and, in planning proposals, ecology experts have produced ‘biodiversity enhancement measures’ to look after the natural habitat

The news will no doubt come as a relief to the Rooneys, who moved into their £20million Cheshire home earlier this year. 

The married couple share their luxury pad, which they began building in 2017, with their sons, Kai, 12, Klay, eight, Kit, five, and Cass, three. 

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 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 formerly home to David and Victoria Beckham, Rio Ferdinand and Christiano Ronaldo.

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