Plans for a major redevelopment of Headingley Stadium in Leeds have been approved by the local council.
Leeds City Council’s planning committee has approved the recommendation to defer and delegate the detail of the decision to the planning officers.
The £39 million plans include the demolition of the old stands, a new south stand on the rugby ground and a new joint stand overlooking both the rugby pitch and cricket ground. The stadium hosts cricket, rugby league and rugby union.
Work could now start on site as early as June this year, with completion expected early in 2019 in time for the Cricket World Cup.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos welcomed the decision, which they say that once complete will underpin Test Match Cricket at Headingley and upgrade the rugby side of the stadium.
It is yet to be confirmed how the work will be funded.
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said:
We would like to thank Leeds City Council for their efforts during this planning application process. This was another crucial step for us. We believe a funding mechanism can be found to realise the vision for the stadium.
Yorkshire CCC Chief Executive Mark Arthur added:
We remain confident that we can deliver the re-development for the stadium and look forward to working with partners to make this possible and retain our status in international cricket.