Plans to turn land near to Coleen and Wayne Rooney’s £20 million mansion in Cheshire into a traveller site have been blocked by neighbours of the famous family.
The Sun reports that a petition by locals racked up more than 1,000 signatures to stop the proposed site, which was being converted from disused farmland.
The land sits somewhere 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.
Blocked: Plans to turn land near to Coleen and Wayne Rooney’s £20 million mansion in Cheshire into a traveller site have been blocked by neighbours of the famous family
Plans were being led by Michael Maloney, a ‘member of the Irish travelling community’, with the site being one of three in the county.
Cheshire East Council have blocked the plans now, having received the slew of complaints.
Amid the objections were the lack of COVID-19 provisions in the proposals, as well as the site being ‘a hazard to the local community’ and bringing with it ‘a fear of increased crime’.
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.
Maloney’s design and access statement stated: ‘[We have] an immediate requirement for residential accommodation’. He claimed that his previous home in Essex’s Bishop’s Stortford was set on fire in an arson attack last spring.
This is said to be down to a bitter feud going on between two families – the Maloneys being one of them.
Location: The land sits somewhere between former Manchester United player Wes Brown and his Real Housewives Of Cheshire star wife Leanne’s home, and the Rooneys’ property [the Browns are pictured]
The Maughan family are said to have been left furious with Maloney’s construction and paving business.
In April, his £400,000 estate, Hill Top Yard, was set ablaze, according to The Sun.
Maloney tried to change the Hill Top Yard into a traveller site in 2015, but this was scuppered by the council at the time. It also lost its appeal.
He was then caught up in further drama in 2017, when he demanded he use 10 lampposts on site, claiming they were needed for his children’s safety at night.
He was allowed to keep these erected, despite 150 objections from neighbours.
Meanwhile, Coleen Rooney continues her WAG war against Rebekah Vardy.
But she appeared to set the drama aside as she enjoyed Christmas day with her husband Wayne and their four sons, Kai, 11, Klay, seven, Kit, four, and Cass, two, last month.
The mother-of-four, 34, and her footballer husband, 35, uploaded a snap of the family to Instagram.
Luxe: The Rooneys’ property features a luxury underground spa and gym, a cinema room, 40 acres of land with stables and a full-size football pitch
The post comes after Coleen’s friend turned foe, Rebekah, 38, hinted that they could finally end their WAG war soon in a new interview.
The Dancing On Ice star – who was accused by Coleen, of leaking false stories about her personal life to the media last year – has insisted the new year could ‘potentially’ see them resolve their differences.
The mother-of-five has vehemently denied the accusations and is suing Wayne Rooney’s spouse for damages for libel in a £1million High Court case.
On making amends with the former columnist, the I’m A Celebrity star said in this week’s edition of Hello! magazine: ‘The new year could potentially see a resolution between us. I’m pretty sure the public are sick of reading about it, too.’
Yikes: The WAG, 38 – who was accused by Coleen, of leaking false stories about her to the press – has insisted the new year could ‘potentially’ see the pair resolve their issues (pictured in 2016)
The former model revealed she holds Christmas close to her heart as she wasn’t allowed to celebrate the season with her family, who were Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Becky recalled: ‘I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Christmas or go to birthday parties, to attend school assemblies – the list goes on. On Christmas Day, I had to join the church elders to knock on people’s doors and try to convert them.
‘I feel like I missed out on so many precious times. That’s why I go crazy with decorations now. It’s almost as if I’m reliving my childhood. I want to do everything I couldn’t do when I was younger.’
The Norwich native also teased details about her Dancing On Ice stint, which will see her take to the rink with her professional partner Andy Buchanan next month.
She declared she’s ‘fit, healthy and happy’ as she’s ‘the best shape ever’, and enthused she feels ‘free as a bird’ on the ice.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Becky accused Coleen of sending a chilling message.
The TV star has claimed Coleen wrote: ‘If you play games with me, I will play them harder,’ and that she dragged two more celebrities into her ‘Wagatha Christie’ war, according to new court documents.
The extraordinary claims came as Rebekah’s legal team lodged a robust reply to Coleen’s defense, and launched a scathing attack on her online ‘investigation’.
Social media star Becky has named glamour model Danielle Lloyd, 36, and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward, 47, as part of the group with access to her rival’s private Instagram account.
But she does not suggest that either Danielle, ex-wife of Spurs star Jamie O’Hara, and Dawn, married to former footballer Ashley Ward, were behind the leaks.
Details: Rebekah has named model Danielle Lloyd (L in 2018), 36, and RHOC star Dawn Ward (R in 2016), 47, as part of the group with access to her rival’s private account
She was instead claiming she has no idea who it was and hinted the leak might lie closer to home with an associate of Coleen or her husband, former Manchester United and England captain Wayne.
The mother-of-four also sent her former friend a WhatsApp message when she fell pregnant, saying ‘congratulations on your brilliant news. Hope it all goes well for you x’, it was alleged.
Why does the ruling in the case matter?
Last week’s ruling at the High Court related to the wording in the final sentence of Coleen Rooney’s infamous Instagram post, in which she accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking ‘false stories’ about her private life to the media.
She wrote: ‘I have saved and screenshotted all the original stories which clearly show just one person has viewed them. It’s ……………. Rebekah Vardy’s account.’
Mrs Rooney claimed she simply referred to Mrs Vardy’s Instagram account rather than Mrs Vardy herself.
But the judge said an ordinary reader would not take the word ‘account’ to ‘indicate that Mrs Rooney remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was’.
Today, the judge made an important ruling that the post ‘clearly identified’ Mrs Vardy as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.
He also disagreed with Mrs Rooney’s claim that using multiple ellipses in the final line diluted the meaning.
This means the court has no doubt as to who the accusation was made against – Mrs Vardy – which will be a consideration if the libel case goes to trial next year.
Rebekah’s lawyers insist the text as ‘obvious’ proof that Coleen knew she was having a baby when she told millions of Instagram followers in October 2019 that she believed she was leaking stories about her to The Sun.
This opened her up to ‘extreme abuse’, the legal papers say. Last month, Rebekah won the first round of their battle.
The court ruled the post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’ – but minutes later Coleen hit back with a statement via her spokesman, saying she was ‘keen’ to hear what she has to say.
The ruling at the High Court related to the wording in the final sentence of the post, with the Liverpudlian claiming she simply referred to her nemesis’ Instagram account rather than the WAG herself.
But the judge said an ordinary reader would not take the word ‘account’ to ‘indicate that Coleen remains in doubt about who the wrongdoer was’. He also disagreed with her claim that using multiple ellipses in the final line diluted the meaning.
Coleen’s spokesman told MailOnline following the ruling: ‘Today’s ruling on the technical legal meaning of the post changes nothing. Coleen’s defence to this misguided action was filed last month.
‘It sets out clearly the facts of her case, which remain the same irrespective of any decision on the meaning. The key issues of the case remain the three stories from Coleen’s private Instagram account published by The Sun and Rebekah’s relationship with the newspaper, including its ‘Secret Wag’ column.
‘Coleen is pleased the judge has ordered that Rebekah must file her reply to the defence, on oath, by no later than December 8. After three years of stress and anxiety about the leaks from her private social media account, Coleen is keen to see progress made on the real issues, beginning with what Rebekah has to tell the court.’
The pair have until February 8 to reach a settlement over the disagreement, or must prepare for a five-day libel hearing next year.
The message that changed their friendship: Becky has vehemently denied the accusations and is suing Coleen for damages for libel in a £1million High Court case