Decision day on new stadium for Castleford Tigers

An artist's impression of the proposed new stadium
An artist's impression of the proposed new stadium
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AN OUTLINE planning application for a new Castleford Tigers stadium as part the £135m Five Towns Park scheme has been recommended for approval at a Wakefield Council meeting tomorrow.

More than 6,000 people have signed a petition backing lateral Property Group’s application.

It includes a new 10,000 capacity seater stadium, a supermarket, petrol station, shops and a country park on land just off the M62 at junction 32 at Glasshoughton, Castleford.

A report to tomorrow morning’s meeting of Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee states the overall scheme would create an estimated 1.950 jobs.

The report estimates visitors to the stadium, shops and country park would boost the local economy by spending around £6m a year outside of the proposed development.

The report states: “The overall impact of the completed development would be a long term permanent effect which would be “major beneficial” in terms of both visitor expenditure effects and employment.”

Earlier this month, Castleford Tigers’ chief executive Steve Gill handed the 6,000 signature petition to Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration. Mr Gill said: “The new stadium is essential to the success of the club in the long term. But I think the £135m worth of investment into the Five Towns is something we just can’t afford to turn down, regardless of the rugby stadium.”

Other applications to be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting include Sainsbury’s plans to turn the B&Q store at Glasshoughton into a supermarket. Also under discussion will be plans for a new Aldi store off Park Road at Glasshoughton and an extension to the existing Asda store on Leeds Road, Glasshoughton.