Wakefield planners approve plans for new stadium for Castleford
A special meeting of the Council's planning and highways committee has today (February 19) approved a series of major planning applications for Castleford.
Planning councillors approved outline planning permission for a new 10,000 capacity sports stadium, expected to be used by Castleford Tigers, as part of a mixed-use development in an area known as the Five Towns Park bounded by Park Road, M62, Stainburn Avenue and Spittal Hardwick Lane.
The application will now be referred to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision.
The application includes a country park, shops and restaurants and new road layouts.
The meeting also agreed two planning applications to extend the Asda supermarket at Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, with a mezzanine floor and bigger sales space. The plans include a wider site access, new pedestrian crossing and extra car parking.
But a full planning application to build a new Sainsbury's store on the site of B&Q at Glasshoughton was recommended for refusal on the grounds of it having a significant adverse impact on Pontefract and Castleford town centres and local roads and being contrary to the Council's Local Development Framework.
As Sainsbury's has submitted an appeal against non-determination to the Planning Inspectorate, today councillors could not make a final decision. The outcome of the appeal is awaited.
A further application for a new Aldi supermarket at Park Road was deferred to allow time to consider additional information submitted by the applicant.
The Chair of the Planning and Highways Committee, Cllr Allan Garbutt, said it was necessary to hold a special meeting to determine the planning applications because of the significant impact on Castleford of all these plans.
"Today's meeting enabled us to see the bigger picture and find what we believe is the best way forward for Castleford and for the district as a whole," said Cllr Garbutt.
"The plans have been subject to wide public consultation, in line with our planning policies, and we have weighed up the views of all concerned in coming to our decisions."
The Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter Box, immediately welcomed the planning committee's decisions as a major step forward for the regeneration of Castleford.
"A new stadium for Castleford Tigers is long-awaited and - taken alongside the wider Five Towns Park development and supermarket plans - it means new jobs, new opportunities and new investment for Castleford.
"Developments like these are key to delivering the Council's commitment to jobs and growth and I look forward to seeing the plans approved today become a reality."