Wakefield move approved
Super League club granted planning permission for new ground
Last Updated: June 21, 2012 1:41pm
Wakefield are set to leave Belle Vue
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have been granted planning permission for a new stadium.
The Super League club were celebrating on Thursday after the government approved plans for their 'Newmarket' development.
This includes a new 12,000-capacity community stadium, to be situated on the site of an old colliery just off the M62 at junction 30.
The club expects to be in its new home by the start of the 2015 season.
The ground will actually be owned by a trust, with the aim of providing sporting facilities for the wider community.
"This is fantastic news and is a decision that provides security for the club's long-term future, which now looks even brighter."
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"This is fantastic news and is a decision that provides security for the club's long-term future, which now looks even brighter," said chief executive James Elston."
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: "We welcome the Secretary of State's initial decision which supports what our planning committee was minded to do when we received this application.
"This step forward is excellent news for the regeneration of the district.
"Wakefield Trinity has long battled for a new stadium and this proposed decision gives the club a way forward and a more secure footing in the Super League."
The planning consent brings to an end an eight-year search for a new home.
Wakefield's current Belle Vue stadium falls well short of the standards of some other leading clubs and has been a concern during the club's previous bids for a Super League licence.
The club's current licence runs out in 2014 but a new ground will boost their chances of earning one for 2015 and beyond.
The £19million development was the subject of a two-week public inquiry in December following objections from residents and Leeds City Council.