New £1m sports complex to replace West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club given go ahead despite objections

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)

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Controversial plans to replace West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club with a new £1m complex have been given the go ahead.

The club will move from its current grounds off Sandal Hall Close, Sandal, to a new site more than a mile away, off Shay Lane, Walton, after planning permission was granted at a meeting yesterday.

Proposals were originally deferred by councillors last month. They said further consultation was needed over the impact of the new complex on other clubs in the area and the Walton Neighbourhood Plan, drawn up by Walton Parish Council.

Objections to the plans were received from residents, councillors, Sandal Community Association and Crofton and Walton Parish Councils.

Wakefield Council’s legal manager Kevin Winter told the planning and highways committee meeting yesterday the Walton Neighbourhood Plan was not yet available to the public, so any impact the sports club may have on it should be given little consideration.

He added the effect on other facilities in the area was not a matter for the committee .

David Plaut, Walton Parish Council clerk, said: “I think there will be a lot of disappointment at the decision. Nobody is in favour of the application - not a single letter of support was received.”

The new complex will include a clubhouse and pavilion, bowling greens, football, cricket and rugby pitches, tennis courts, and cricket nets.

The current club site has been allocated for housing as part of the council’s Local Development Framework.

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