CAMPAIGNERS against developing Turn Moss have again lobbied planners outside Trafford Town Hall.

Although Gary Neville's plans to develop part of the green belt were not being discussed by Trafford Council's planning committee on Thursday, the Friends of Turn Moss wanted to get its message across.

Former United star Mr Neville wants to develop flooded land at Turn Moss Playing Fields to create three new pitches which would be leased to the proposed University Academy UA 92 and Salford City FC, the club co-owned by the former footballer.

But Friends of Turn Moss campaign group says the plans offer little community benefit and said a legal challenge will follow if they are approved.

After the protest on Thursday, Friends group co-chairman Nigel Woodcock said: “We are delighted with the turnout tonight and hope that the planning committee is hearing our message — Turn Moss is much loved and well used.

"These plans are a shambles and there’s no justification for fencing off precious green belt land.”

Joint Secretary of the Friends of Turn Moss, Helen Colley, said: “The community is very concerned about the high-risk use of public funds to benefit a professional football team from Salford.

"It will mean fewer pitches for amateur teams, as well as losing the huge benefits greenbelt gives the local people here in Trafford.

Cllr Anne Duffield, of Longford Ward, tweeted: “I’ve never dealt with a local issue with such strong support and strength of feeling.”

The extended deadline for consultation is Wednesday.

The application is expected to be considered by the planning committee on May 17.