Plans for a new Castleford Tigers stadium have been unveiled as part of a £135m project to bring more shops and a country park to the town.
Lateral Property Group has announced plans to develop a major site at Glasshoughton, at junction 32 of the M62, which they say will also create 2,000 new jobs. The 10,000 capacity stadium would meet Super League requirements and boast changing facilities as well as restaurant and hospitality areas and a mix of seating and standing terraces. The plans also include a new 50 acre country park and more shops including a foodstore and petrol station.
Philip Lunn, managing director of the group, said: “In addition to delivering this new stadium for Castleford Tigers, the enabling retail development could bring a massive boost to the local economy. We have had very positive conversations with some of the biggest names in UK retail and we expect to be able to make further announcements soon. We estimate around 2,000 jobs will be created at the site, along with another 680 during construction.
“Overall, the development will see around £135 million being invested into the local community.”
Tigers chairman Jack Fulton said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for Castleford Tigers to finally get a home fit for the 21st Century. A new stadium will provide the foundations of a bright new future for the club and much needed facilities for the wider Castleford community.”
A public consultation, on dates yet to be confirmed, will take place before the plans are submitted to Wakefield Council.
Subject to planning approval, construction could begin during 2015 and the new stadium would open for the 2017 season.