Decision on controversial £1m sports club plan deffered

Members of Sandal Community Association outside the West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club. They are unhappy about plans to demolish the club and replace it with 138 home. (W543B327)
Members of Sandal Community Association outside the West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club. They are unhappy about plans to demolish the club and replace it with 138 home. (W543B327)

Controversial plans to replace West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club with a new £1m complex have been deferred by councillors.

Wakefield Council wants to relocate the club from its current grounds off Sandal Hall Close, Sandal, to a new site more than a mile away, off Shay Lane, Walton.

But, despite officers recommending approval, the application was deferred by the council’s planning and highways committee at a meeting yesterday.

Councillors said further consultations were needed as to what impact the new complex would have on other clubs in the area and the Neighbourhood Plan drawn up by Walton Parish Council.

Speaking after the meeting, Liz Fairclough, chairman, said: “The decision gives us much more time to make consultation and work on our plan.

“The plan is being worked on by residents and they are the people who know what’s best for the village so I was upset that it wasn’t even considered in the meeting.”

The plans include a new clubhouse and pavilion, two bowling greens, two junior football pitches, six tennis courts with pavilion, two cricket pitches with score boxes and tea pavilion, two senior football pitches, a rugby pitch, a five-a-side football pitch, cricket nets, and a groundsman store building.

The current club site has been allocated for housing in the council’s Local Development Framework and the council has a duty to provide sporting provision elsewhere in the area.

An application for 182 properties and the demolition of the club was submitted to the council in June 2013.