Castleford Tigers stadium deal a step closer

Castleford Tigers chiefs have taken a major step forward as they race against time to develop a new stadium to secure their Super League future.

Tigers chief executive Richard Wright yesterday handed Wakefield Council a detailed planning application for the 13,300 capacity new stadium planned on land near Xscape a Glasshoughton off Junction 32 of the M62.

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The club hope the plans will be approved by the end of March next year as they race to secure a Super League Licence from the Rugby Football League next July and build a new stadium for 2012.

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Tigers' Club Captain Ryan Hudson and Alan Powell, from architects Ramsden & Partners, were joined by Tigers fans as the application was delivered to the council's planning department.

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The move came just days after Wakefield Council confirmed a 2m offer of support for the club was still on the table.

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Mr Wright said: "This is a significant moment in our quest for a new stadium at Glasshoughton and a great deal of hard work and dedication has led us to this point.

"Working with Ramsden & Partners I am extremely confident that the detailed plans we are submitting today will provide us with the consent we need and keep us on track to meet the Super League Licence timescales.

"This is what is termed a reserved matters application, which is really a follow up to the outline planning permission we were granted some

time ago.

"We dealt with all of the serious issues before the outline planning application so today's submission of the detailed planning application is more of a formality and we are confident that early in the new year we will be given consent."

Yvette Cooper MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley added: "This is a really important step. We need the planning details agreed as fast as possible to keep up the momentum for the new stadium.

"We hope this will go through as soon as possible. Everyone knows Rugby League is at the heart of Castleford and it is really important we get the new stadium.

"The Super League timetable is getting closer, but everyone is working really hard to deliver the stadium."

Super League rivals Wakefield Wildcats also had a 2m offer approved by the council but have suffered a setback as their planning application for a new stadium on Newmarket Lane in Stanley has been referred to the secretary of state and could lead to a public inquiry.

Kyle Bartley.

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