Plans for 1.1km cycling circuit

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A new state-of-the-art cycling track, which would be used by riders across Yorkshire, could be built at a 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 development would help build on the legacy of the Tour de Yorkshire, which passed through the city in May last year.

A council report said: “The proposal would be the only one of its kind in the Wakefield area and would serve an area between York and Sheffield, where the nearest closed road circuits are located.”

The layout of the track has been designed by British Cycling, who would fund 50 per cent of the project if it was approved.

But Wakefield Council has received 13 letters objecting to the plans.

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

A letter in support of the plans said the track would provide a very important sporting facility in the area.

The plans have been recommended for refusal due to a lack of information being submitted about parking arrangements.

The application will be discussed by the council’s planning and highways committee on Thursday.