£135m Five Towns Park development gets go-ahead

07 July 2015
Wakefield Council has welcomed the news that Castleford Tiger’s new stadium development has been given the green light.

The government has said it does not need to ‘call in’ the planning application for the £135m Five Towns Park, which includes a new 10,000 capacity stadium for Castleford Tigers as well as a 50-acre country park, shops and restaurants.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council said: “This is fantastic news for Castleford and for the whole district.

“When our planning committee approved the original application in February we were confident that it was a sound proposal with significant benefits for the entire district. Our decision has been allowed to stand and the club can now move forward and give the team and fans the top quality facilities they deserve.

"However the Five Towns Park is about more than sport. It will deliver thousands of jobs, new investment, major regeneration and a massive boost to the district’s economy.

“This new development will help the club thrive and Castleford prosper and I am keen to see the developer move this forward and make it a reality.”

In 2012 planning permission was also given to a developer - York Court Properties - to build a 100-acre business park on land off Newmarket Lane in Stanley, which included constructing a new stadium for Wakefield Wildcats. However, the developer has not yet been able to deliver the scheme.

Cllr Box added: “We are incredibly proud of all of the rugby teams within our district and are extremely keen to see our teams play in top quality facilities. We remain passionate and committed to supporting our teams.

“We are continuing to offer our support to the Wakefield Wildcats Trust and the club to help them progress their plans for a new stadium and are doing everything we can to ensure the developer delivers the stadium.”