New Castleford Tigers stadium plans on agenda at meeting

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A SPECIAL planning meeting is to be held in Wakefield next month when councillors will consider applications for four major new developments in Glasshoughton, Castleford.

A proposed new stadium for Castleford Tigers will be among plans up for discussion at the meeting on Friday February 6.

Developer Lateral Property Group is seeking outline permission for the £135 Five Towns Park on land close to junction 32 of the M62 at Glasshoughton.

The proposals include a new stadium for Castleford Tigers, a new food store, petrol station, high-quality shops and a country park.

Also on the agenda will be supermarket giant Sainsbury’s proposal to transform the existing B&Q store next to the Xscape leisure complex into a supermarket.

Aldi is seeking permission to build a new supermarket on land just off Park Road, Glass Houghton. And Asda wants to extend its Leeds Road store by building a new mezzanine floor.

Castleford councillor Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s deputy leader responsible for economic growth, said the applications need to be right for the area.

She said: “We have decided to hold a special meeting of the planning committee where they will only discuss the four Glasshoughton applications. These applications are so important to the area and we need to make sure we get it right.”

Council chiefs deferred the three supermarket applications in October amid fears they could have a detrimental effect on trade in Castleford town centre.

Planning officers are yet to make any recommendations to the committee on the four applications.