A NEW £19m stadium, which will provide a new home for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, has been given the go-ahead.
Mr Pickles said he was “minded to agree” with the recommendation of giving planning consent for a 100-acre business park and stadium, which will be the new home for the Super League club and create 2,000 jobs.
But he has asked for planning obligations to be submitted by applicant York Court Properties before he gives the final stamp of approval in September.
Campaigner Jonathan Stone of Residents For Newmarket believes it will only be a matter of the developer signing off the relevant documents.
He said: “I think it is nothing more than a formality.
“I am delighted and relieved as we have been waiting for this decision for a long time.
“As a residents group we look forward to working with the developer and it will be hard work from here. “
Phil Townsend, spokesman for Stadium Wakefield Action Group (SWAG) said: “I am over the moon.
“It has been eight years of hard graft, attending meetings, speaking with politicians and getting a 15,000 plus signature petition.
“We would wish to thank all of those people in Wakefield and beyond who have supported us.
“Our focus will now turn towards ensuring the delivery of the stadium and we believe that the proposal, led by Yorkcourt, will soon realise the dream we have held firm to throughout our campaign.”
A spokesman for the Wildcats said the 12,000-capacity stadium was expected to be complete in time for the 2015 season.
Earlier this month a planning inspector ruled that land at the site could be taken out of greenbelt and put to commercial use.
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.
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.