BREAKING NEWS: Planning application is submitted for Castleford Tigers stadium development - Next is named as first store

New Castleford Tigers stadium plans.
New Castleford Tigers stadium plans.

Developers have submitted a planning application for a proposed £135m development and new Castleford Tigers’ stadium in Glass Houghton, with retailer Next named as the first store.

The Lateral Property group is seeking approval from Wakefield Council to build The Five Towns Park - with a new foodstore, petrol station, high-quality shops, the stadium and a country park - on a site off the M62 at junction 32. The development’s first anchor shop has been revealed as Next Home and Garden Store, with a mixed retail format including clothing, furniture, decorating and DIY products and a garden centre.

The plans, which would create around 2,000 jobs if approved, were first announced in March and Lateral has since held a number of public consultation events. Feedback from these events has led the developer to change its application to include local match day parking controls, improved public transport links to the site and a roof on the north stand of the 10,000 capacity stadium.

Yorkshire-based GMI Construction Group has been appointed as the main contractor with construction work expected to start in summer 2015, subject to planning approval.

See Thursday’s Pontefract and Castleford Express for the full story.