Wakefield Trinity unveil plan for new stand as part of Belle Vue redevelopment

Wakefield Trinity's Mobile Rocket Stadium, Belle Vue.Wakefield Trinity's Mobile Rocket Stadium, Belle Vue.
Wakefield Trinity's Mobile Rocket Stadium, Belle Vue.
Wakefield Trinity have submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the Mobile Rocket Stadium, Belle Vue.

The club say the development, including the construction of a 2,500-seat East Stand, will be the “most significant within the stadium for 75 years”.

The new stand will feature a large hospitality and conferencing facility and the planning application also includes: refurbishment of the existing ‘Rollin Shack’ to provide a multi-functional leisure space including a cafe and club retail facility; renovation of the North Stand terracing which will increase the overall ground capacity; upgrade of the existing floodlights to latest LED technology; installation of a 4g pitch suitable for all-weather use by both club and the community; landscaped car parking and a fanzone behind the new East Stand

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A club statement said: “The cost of the works will be funded by a significant contribution from Newmarket Lane Ltd, a joint venture between Yorkcourt Developments and Henry Boot Plc, via a section 106 contribution and other private funds facilitated by the club’s shareholders.”

Belle Vue has been the club’s home ground since 1877 and plans to move to a new site have been abandoned.

Trinity Chairman, John Minards insisted: “The lodging of this planning application is an important milestone in our journey to redevelop Belle Vue. “The structure of the existing East Stand dates from 1924 and the new stand will provide first-class 21st century facilities for our spectators which are well overdue.

“Most importantly, however, this phase of our redevelopment plans will provide multi-functional community facilities including conferencing and banqueting space and a cafe.

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“The 4g pitch will also be available for community use as well as providing an all year-round venue for our first and youth teams.”

Denise Teal, chairwoman of the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, welcomed the news. She said: “We are delighted the redevelopment of the Mobile Rocket Stadium is progressing and look forward to the great new facilities which will be available to the many diverse groups we work with.”

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