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Residents have say on stadium plans

Public consultation event on the new Castleford Tigers stadium, held inside St Giles church, Pontefract.
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Public consultation event on the new Castleford Tigers stadium, held inside St Giles church, Pontefract. p304a414

Residents were given the chance to have their say on plans for a new £135m Castleford Tigers stadium and retail development at consultation events last week.

Lateral Property Group wants to build the stadium, a food store, petrol station, ‘high-quality’ shops and a country park on land off junction 32 of the M62 at Glass Houghton .

The firm held a series of public exhibitions on the plans, which could create up to 2,000 jobs, last week.

Paul Clifford, of Stainburn Avenue, Glass Houghton, said he was against the proposal.

He said: “The major concern is traffic. We are already in a position where it is difficult to get in and out of Stainburn Avenue and this development would bring huge amounts of traffic.”

Mr Clifford said other issues raised by residents at a public exhibition in Glass Houghton included noise and light pollution and a lack of parking.

He added: “I know an application hasn’t been submitted yet but I don’t really hold much hope that our views will be taken into account.

“It seems like a done deal to me. They’ve already spent a lot of money on this proposal to get it to this stage.”

Philip Lunn, managing director of Lateral Property Group, said: “More than 1,000 people have attended the consultation events over the last few days. It is great that so many people have shown an interest in this important development and we’re really pleased with the positive response we have received so far.

“We will consider all the comments made to us and look to amend the plans where appropriate.”

 

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