Castleford Tigers hopes of having a new stadium came a step closer on February 19, as Wakefield Council approved the outline planning permission for the project.
Members of Wakefield Council’s planning committee approved the outline application at the planning committee meeting, attended by plenty of loyal Castleford Tigers Fans.
Speaking on behalf of the 6,000+ people who signed letters backing the development were Philip Lunn of Lateral Property Group, Tigers CEO Steve Gill, local resident Barbara Hughes and Castleford Tigers Supporters Club’s Paul Burns-Williamson.
Tigers CEO, Steve Gill, said after the announcement:
Today has been a big milestone in the clubs history and one I’m so proud to be part of. The team here have worked tirelessly to get to this point and I’m overwhelmed by the masses of support we have received and the well wishes, especially from other Super League clubs, cementing the fact that Rugby League is the best sport in the world, with awesome fans.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the officers at Wakefield for all their hard work over the last year in processing this major application. We would also like to thank everyone who has taken the time to write a letter of support and to those who have attended the planning committee meeting today. The application will now be referred to the National Planning Casework Unit for their consideration and we must await their decision.
The Tigers’ planned £135m 10,000-capacity community stadium will form part of Five Towns Park that will include a a retail development, petrol station and a country park. Lateral Property Group plan to fund the stadium through the retail development.
The development will mean the end of rugby league at the Tigers’ old Wheldon Road ground, which opened in 1926.
The plan now has to be approved by communities secretary, Eric Pickles, before building work can start.
Lateral Property Group is expected to use its construction partner, Leeds-based GMI – who recently completed construction of a 12,000-seat community stadium for Rotherham United FC – for the project.