Manchester City football can now begin work on a new academy adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.
The development had stalled over a dispute with land owners, but a Compulsory Purchase Order has now been granted - giving the Premier League champions the green light to press ahead with the scheme.
Included in the plans for the training centre is a 7,000 capacity stadium for youth matches, on-site accommodation and classroom facilities for 40 young players and a media centre.
"Manchester City's plans in east Manchester are a hugely important ingredient of the ongoing regeneration of the area, which will see not only world-class leisure and educational facilities for the community, but also jobs for local people," commented Eddie Smith, chief executive of urban regeneration company New East Manchester.
The club estimates that around 160 construction jobs will be created during construction.
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