Date set for decision over new Castleford Tigers stadium

Steve Gill, COE of Castleford Tigers, hands over a petition to Cllr Denise Jeffrey, with over 6,000 signatures from people who support the new stadium plans.'Pictured: L) Cllr Denise Jeffrey and R) Steve Gill - CoE Castleford Tigers, pictured with the petition outside County Hall, Wakefield.'Photograph: Andrew Bellis.
Steve Gill, COE of Castleford Tigers, hands over a petition to Cllr Denise Jeffrey, with over 6,000 signatures from people who support the new stadium plans.'Pictured: L) Cllr Denise Jeffrey and R) Steve Gill - CoE Castleford Tigers, pictured with the petition outside County Hall, Wakefield.'Photograph: Andrew Bellis.

Council bosses will decide on whether to grant planning permission for a new stadium for Castleford Tigers at a meeting later this month.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday February 19 to discuss the scheme along with three other retail developments in Glass Houghton.

The £135m Five Towns Park outline application, by Lateral Property Group, will include the new 10,000 capacity seater stadium, a new food store, petrol station, high-quality shops and a county park on land just off the M62 at junction 32.

Tigers’ chief executive Steve Gill handed in a petition containing more than 6,000 signatures of people who support the scheme to Wakefield Council on Wednesday.

Mr Gill said: “The new stadium is essential to the success of the club in the long term.

“But I think the £135m worth of investment into the Five Towns is something we just can’t afford to turn down, regardless of the rugby stadium.”

Philip Lunn, managing director of Lateral, said the scheme would create up to 2,000 jobs.

Mr Lunn said: “More than 6,000 letters and emails of support have so far been sent to Wakefield Council.

“A total of 6,230 people showed their support on our bus tour last year and we’d like to thank everyone for their fantastic support so far.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, confirmed the meeting would be held on February 19.

She added: “I am pleased to accept this petition and will pass it to the planning committee for them to consider as part of the standard planning process.

“As part of this process the committee will also be looking at the impact any development will have on local businesses as well as any benefits it could bring.”