Football star seeks mansion consent

Most teenagers can only dream of getting on the property ladder. But Manchester United Football Club's 19-year-old prodigy Wayne Rooney has lodged plans for a £3.5 million mansion with Macclesfield Borough Council.

If approved, the property will be built in the village of Prestbury, dubbed one of the country's wealthiest areas, by local firm Bilton and Ward. Some neighbours are displeased with Rooney's plans because the site's original 1930s home was demolished earlier this year to make way for his proposed palatial pad.

The house will boast six en suite bedrooms, a three-car garage and at least seven reception rooms. It will include all the features that you would expect of a Premiership footballer's home - a gym, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, private cinema and of course the twin neo-Georgian columns that will flank the front door.

These surroundings will be a far cry from the council house in Liverpool's inner city where Rooney grew up. He will have several famous neighbours, including Noddy Holder from Slade, television presenter Stuart Hall and former United chairman Martin Edwards.

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