Wakefield Wildcats fans have to wait for new stadium decision

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A FINAL decision on plans to build a new community stadium and business park has been delayed.

In June, secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, gave the provisional go-ahead for a £19m stadium and 100-acre business park to be built on Newmarket Lane, near Stanley.

Eric Pickles MP: Secretary of State Communities and Local Government, pictured leaving Wakefield's town hall.'w8215b212

Eric Pickles MP: Secretary of State Communities and Local Government, pictured leaving Wakefield's town hall.'w8215b212

It will provide a new home for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by the start of 2015, helping the club to maintain its Super League status.

But Mr Pickles only approved the plans by Yorkcourt Properties if certain planning conditions were met.

This included a section 106 planning obligation in relation to the construction of the stadium and traffic.
Mr Pickles was expected to give his final decision 
yesterday.

A spokesman for the department of communities and local government said: “The preferred decision date was Thursday, but that was not fixed.

“We have not received the section 106 agreement from the applicant.

“We have been told that they are going to be sending that very soon.

“At the moment we do not have a new date.”

The plans were called in by the government as it was on allocated Green Belt land.

The site will also include warehouses, a multi-use games area, restaurant and 120-bed hotel and is expected to create 2,000 jobs and bring in an extra £130m to the city’s economy.

Wildcats chief executive James Elston had warned that the club could fold if plans for the new 12,000-capacity stadium were not 
approved.

The club is relying on moving from Belle Vue to the new stadium to retain its Super League status.

A 12-day public inquiry was held in December to decide whether the need for a stadium was classed as a “very special circumstance” which would outweigh any harm to greenbelt land and neighbouring residents.

The stadium will be leased to Wakefield and District Community Trust and the Wildcats will be the main 
tenant.

Wakefield Council will give the trust £2m, which will go directly to Yorkcourt Properties to start building the 
stadium.

But developers will need to build the warehouses and business units to fund the stadium project.