Ossett could get 200 new homes in £5m plan for Dewsbury Rams stadium

Land at the side of the Dewsbury Rams stadium on Owl Lane.'d309a403
Land at the side of the Dewsbury Rams stadium on Owl Lane.'d309a403

A £5m deal to redevelop the Dewsbury Rams stadium could see more than 200 homes built close to Ossett.

A planned redevelopment of the Owl Lane stadium would see 203 houses built, along with a floodlit all-weather sports pitch, multi-use games area and 334-space car park for the rugby league club.

Developers are working on a planning application for the scheme, which would cost an estimated £1.6m but generate around £5m in investment to the stadium and surrounding area.

Stadium leaseholder Stirling Scotfield has teamed up with the club and developer Harron Homes to draw up the plan.

A Stirling Scotfield spokesperson said: “We are aware that there are some residents who remain unhappy with the development proposals and we have agreed to meet with them to listen to their concerns and to see what further mitigation measures, if any, can be taken to reduce further, any impact the development proposals may have on them.”

The number of proposed houses has already dropped from 234 to 203 after an initial consultation.

The distance between the planned homes and nearby Bywell Close has also been increased, and additional trees will be planted at the site for screening.

A Harron Homes spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be working with Stirling Scotfield, Dewsbury Rams and Kirklees Council and we are looking forward to bringing much needed quality housing to the local area and state of the art community facilities for both the club and the local community to benefit from for many years to come.”