New cycling circuit could build on legacy of Tour de Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire ceremonial start at Wakefield.
Tour de Yorkshire ceremonial start at Wakefield.

A new cycling track, which would be used by riders from across Yorkshire, could be built at a Wakefield secondary school.

The Bishop Konstant Multi Academy Trust hopes to build the 1.1km closed cycle track on playing fields at St Thomas a Becket Catholic Secondary School in Sandal.

The circuit would be used by cycling and disability groups and for track competitions, including time trials and race events.

British Cycling said the track would help build on the legacy of the Tour de Yorkshire, which passed through the city in May last year.

The circuit’s layout has been designed by British Cycling, who would fund 50 per cent of the project.

Wakefield Council received 14 letters objecting to the proposals.

Concerns were raised about the amount of visitors it would bring to the area and the negative impact it could have on house prices.

The application received 94 letters of support.

The council’s officers have recommended the plans for approval. They will be discussed at a planning and highways meeting on Thursday.