Controversial £1m sport club plan for Walton set to be passed

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Controversial plans to replace West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club with a new £1m complex look set to be passed.

Wakefield Council wants to relocate the club from its current grounds off Sandal Hall Close, Sandal, to a new site off Shay Lane, Walton.

An application to build the new sports development will be discussed at a planning meeting on Thursday.

The plans include a new clubhouse and pavilion, two bowling greens, two junior football pitches, six tennis courts with pavilion, two cricket pitches with score boxes and tea pavilions, two senior football pitches, a rugby pitch, a five-a-side football pitch, cricket nets and a groundsman store building. The application also includes car parking, floodlighting, a new access from Shay Lane and landscaping.

The report to planning recommends approving the plans.

The current club site has been allocated for housing in the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) and the council has a duty to provide sporting provision elsewhere in the area.

The application has received 19 objections from Crofton Parish Council, Sandal Community Association, local residents and councillors Maureen Cummings, Albert Manifield, Nadeem Ahmed and Faith Heptinstall.

Objections included an increase in traffic, flooding issues, a loss of farm land, poor public transport links and concerns that a complex in Walton would impact on other facilities, including Walton Sports and Social Club and Crofton Community Centre.

An application for 182 properties, access roads and the demolition of the existing club buildings has already been submitted to the council by Persimmon Homes in June 2013.

The residential development has received 58 objections from concerned residents.

Visit to have your say on the new housing plans for the present sports club site.