Further delay to Wakefield stadium planning decision

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A DECISION on whether a new £19m community stadium can be built for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats has been delayed.

Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, was expected to make his decision for the Newmarket Lane site, near Stanley, tomorrow (Tuesday).

Plans for the 100-acre business park and stadium off Newmarket Lane near Stanley

Plans for the 100-acre business park and stadium off Newmarket Lane near Stanley

But a spokesman for his department told the Express that a decision has now been delayed, but could not comment further.

Mr Pickles has the say on plans for a 100-acre business park and stadium, which could re-home the Super League club from its Belle Vue ground and create 2,000 jobs.

The spokesman also said that there was “no revised timetable” at the moment.

This is the second time an announcement has been postponed.

Mr Pickles was originally due to give his decision on Wednesday, May 30.

Last week a planning inspector ruled that land at the site can now be taken out of greenbelt and put to commercial use.

Cats’ fans had hoped the ruling would have paved the way for the stadium to get the go ahead.

Mr Pickles called in the stadium plan and ordered a public inquiry into the development, which was on greenbelt, after Wakefield Council approved the planning permission in October 2010.

A two-week public inquiry was held in December into the York Court Properties scheme.

If successful the stadium will be leased to Wakefield and District Community Trust, as part of a wider 100-acre business park, and the Wildcats will be their main tenant.

Developers say it is crucial the scheme goes ahead to create 2,000 jobs and secure the rugby league club’s future.