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Wayne Rooney‘s plans for a quiet Christmas look to be in tatters after his farming neighbour submitted plans to store hundreds of noisy sheep just off the footballer’s land. 

The former Manchester United star, 35, and wife Coleen only moved into their luxury £20m mansion in Knutsford, Cheshire, earlier this summer after four tumultuous years of delays and planning rows.

But now the Rooneys are faced with a fresh headache after a local farmer submitted plans to erect an 1800ft outbuilding to house hundreds of store lambs ‘during the winter months’. 

It comes after the same applicant, Brighouse Farms, successfully applied for permission to build a laboratory and storage for 1,000 genetically modified sheep following a year-long planning row.

According to plans submitted to East Cheshire Council, the new external building will house 240 sheep before they are sold on as butchers or fat lambs.

Another advantage of the proposed site, according to developers, is that the flock will be kept separate from another group of breeding Pedigree Poll Dorset sheep.  

Wayne and Coleen Rooney's plans for a quiet Christmas look to be in tatters after their farming neighbour submitted plans to store hundreds of noisy sheep just off the footballer's land

Wayne and Coleen Rooney's plans for a quiet Christmas look to be in tatters after their farming neighbour submitted plans to store hundreds of noisy sheep just off the footballer's land

Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s plans for a quiet Christmas look to be in tatters after their farming neighbour submitted plans to store hundreds of noisy sheep just off the footballer’s land

The site borders the grounds of the six-bedroom £20m home the Derby County manager shares with wife Coleen, both 35, and their four sons in Knutsford, Cheshire (pictured)

The site borders the grounds of the six-bedroom luxury home the Derby County manager shares with wife Coleen and their four sons.  

The application says: ‘A building is required to house the store sheep throughout the winter months as well as for housing close to finishing store lambs (for the last 4-6 weeks on site).

‘The business does not have any suitable facilities in place which will allow for store sheep to be housed away from the pedigree flock. 

‘It is necessary for the two flocks to be kept separate so that the pedigree flock can maintain a disease-free status for Maedi Visna (MV) and Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) and are blood tested for the accreditation scheme. 

‘Given the high pedigree and health status of the Poll Dorset flock, it is essential that the store lambs are kept away from the main breeding flock to reduce the risk of cross contamination of disease and viruses.

‘The store lambs are grazed on a block of 28.49 acres of land away from the breeding flock with a significant area (57.92 acres) of un-grazed land between the two groups, thus maintaining bio-security. 

‘However, in order to ensure optimum daily liveweight gains the store lambs will require housing to improve body condition and to be placed on a formulated diet.

‘The business does not currently have any isolated housing facilities away from the main Poll Dorset flock to house the stores, as such this planning application is being submitted for the proposed erection of a purpose-built store sheep housing building.’ 

The new external building will house 240 sheep before they are sold on as butchers or fat lambs. Pictured: The proposed site location

The new external building will house 240 sheep before they are sold on as butchers or fat lambs. Pictured: The proposed site location

The new external building will house 240 sheep before they are sold on as butchers or fat lambs. Pictured: The proposed site location 

The flock will be kept separate from another group of breeding Pedigree Poll Dorset sheep

The flock will be kept separate from another group of breeding Pedigree Poll Dorset sheep

The flock will be kept separate from another group of breeding Pedigree Poll Dorset sheep

Brighouse Farms submitted plans to erect an 1800ft outbuilding to house hundreds of store lambs 'during the winter months'

Brighouse Farms submitted plans to erect an 1800ft outbuilding to house hundreds of store lambs 'during the winter months'

Brighouse Farms submitted plans to erect an 1800ft outbuilding to house hundreds of store lambs ‘during the winter months’

The Rooneys have been contacted for comment. 

In July, Brighouse Farms were given the green light for agricultural livestock and produce stores to breed 1,000 genetically modified sheep. 

Two new sheds, which have a combined floor size of 1,886sq metres, are set to be built along with a dark-room laboratory next to the footballer’s land.

Wayne and Coleen oversaw the development of their stunning £20m Knutsford home, fit with an indoor swimming pool, home cinema, football pitch and luxury car garage, after buying a 40acre plot of land three years ago. 

Their three-storey property has been dubbed the ‘Morrisons Mansion’ due to similarities with the British supermarket chain. 

Their new home boasts an extensive patio, landscaped gardens, a luxury car garage and a stable block.

In July, Brighouse Farms were given the green light for agricultural livestock and produce stores to breed 1,000 genetically modified sheep next to the footballer's manor

In July, Brighouse Farms were given the green light for agricultural livestock and produce stores to breed 1,000 genetically modified sheep next to the footballer's manor

In July, Brighouse Farms were given the green light for agricultural livestock and produce stores to breed 1,000 genetically modified sheep next to the footballer’s manor 

It also has a huge indoor swimming pool surrounded by a glass pavilion, a hot tub, plunge pool, steam room and ‘his’ or ‘hers’ changing rooms. 

Inside are 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 Rooneys had pencilled in January 2020 as a prospective moving in date, but were hit with pandemic-related delays and were only able to start living in their home full-time from June 2021. 

Their Cheshire mansion adds to a burgeoning property portfolio, which includes a £5m sprawling Barbados villa and a £320,000 waterfront apartment in Florida. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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