Stadium inquiry to resume tomorrow

An artists' impression of how the Newmarket Lane stadium for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats could look
An artists' impression of how the Newmarket Lane stadium for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats could look
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A PUBLIC inquiry into plans to build a new stadium for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats will resume tomorrow (Tuesday).

Last week those wanting to build the new ground said the rugby league club could fold if planning permission was not granted.

The stadium is part of a major development proposed by Yorkcourt Properties for land off Newmarket Lane in Stanley.

The plans, which will also include a hotel, multi-use games area, warehouses and business units, have already been approved by Wakefield Council, but were called in by the government as the site encroaches on to green belt land.

This week inspector Harold Stephens will collect evidence from Wakefield Council and neighbouring local authority Leeds City Council.

Wakefield Council officers will give reasons to why they feel there are “very special circumstances” to why the development should be built on the “inappropriate” green belt land.

Leeds City Council object to the plans due to concerns over its scale and transport issues.

At the end of the week fans and Newmarket Lane residents in favour of the development will also have their say.

The inquiry is set to finish on Friday, December 23, but Mr Stephens will not make a recommendation to secretary of state for communities Eric Pickles until March.