Leeds: Headingley ground proposals revealed

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RUGBY chiefs in Leeds today unveiled their new blueprint for the redevelopment of Headingley Carnegie Stadium’s South Stand.

Leeds Rugby’s original proposals for the famous old terrace at the home of Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie went before council planners in March last year.

Now, acting on feedback received from the local authority, a number of changes have been made to the vision for the stand.

Under the revised plan, its 6,000 capacity would be raised to 6,500 rather than 7,400.

The height of the redeveloped structure would be 15.5 metres, four metres lower than previously proposed.

Leeds Rugby has also confirmed the new-look stand would not include corporate facilities.

It would, however, boast improved toilets and concession areas as well as better access for disabled supporters.

A public consultation has been launched to help Leeds Rugby fine-tune its plans before they are submitted to the council.

An exhibition of the proposals will run at the Carnegie Cafe Bar on St Michael’s Lane on weekdays until April 18.

Gary Hetherington, chief executive at Headingley owner Leeds Rugby, said: “It is our intention to submit a planning application to Leeds City Council as soon as practical.

“The project will need to commence at the end of this Super League season and could take approximately 10 months to complete.

“In the meantime this public consultation is designed to allow residents and supporters to tell the club what they think of the proposals.”

Should the scheme go ahead, there are no plans for Rhinos or Carnegie games to move away from Headingley while building work is carried out.

Leeds Rugby commercial director Rob Oates said: “The redevelopment of the South Stand will present us with a number of challenges but we are confident that we can continue with a reduced capacity next season if we are successful with our planning application.”

Mr Oates said South Stand season ticket holders would be notified of any new arrangements as soon as possible.

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