Ambitious non-league club Salford City have been granted planning permission for a 5,000-capacity redeveloped stadium at Moor Lane, reports BBC Sport.
The former Manchester United players heard numerous objections, including that they were turning Salford, who play in National League North, into a "commercial monster".
Neville tried to allay those fears by promising, if needed, he and the Salford first team would go outside to clear litter after matches.
The meeting finally voted to pass Salford's plans, although they are subject to a number of conditions, particularly with relation to traffic issues.
"The hard work starts here," said Neville afterwards.