Fans to show stadium support

Wakefield Wildcats fans outside County Hall hear the decision of the planning committee.
Wakefield Wildcats fans outside County Hall hear the decision of the planning committee.

WAKEFIELD Wildcats fans have been urged to show their support when a public inquiry into the club’s new stadium plan gets underway on Tuesday.

Wakefield Council has arleady approved Yorkcourt Properties’ £19m development for Newmarket Lane, which would include a multi-use games area, business units and a hotel.

But the plan, which attracted more than 1,000 objections, was called in by the government on the grounds that it would impinge upon green belt land.

An independent government inspector will now listen to cases presented by developers, supporters, objectors and residents, over the course of up to 12 days.

A decision will be reached by Friday, December 23.

Wildcats are relying on the plans as they look to relocate from Belle Vue. As part of conditions of its Super League status, the club needs to upgrade its facilities within the next two years.

Phil Townsend, of Stadium Wakefield Action Group (SWAG), said the development would provide vital sports facilities for the city and create up to 2,000 jobs.

He said: “In an age of austerity we should be grateful that we have such a wonderful, fully-funded opportunity to improve the quality of life and opportunities for thousands of people.

“We therefore urge all supporters of the scheme to join us outside the Town Hall on Tuesday from 9am.”

Leeds City Council has objected on the grounds of the development’s scale, loss of green belt and traffic implications. Local residents also objected ahead of the scheme’s approval by Wakefield Council in October last year.

The inquiry will start at 10am.