Wakefield Wildcats' Belle Vue stadium to be replaced by 120 homes?

Wakefield Wildcats' Belle Vue stadium could be replaced by 120 homes if a planning application is successful. The club, along with Cala Management and Tillion Partnership, has applied for permission to build 120 homes on its current ground site. About 78 houses, including a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, 12 apartments and 30 affordable homes form the bulk of the plans.

Wakefield Wildcats' Belle Vue stadium could be replaced by 120 homes if a planning application is successful. The club, along with Cala Management and Tillion Partnership, has applied for permission to build 120 homes on its current ground site. About 78 houses, including a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes, 12 apartments and 30 affordable homes form the bulk of the plans. The news came as Wakefield Council chiefs met to discuss the planned 12,000-capacity stadium and sports village at Thornes Park. The council's cabinet was told of feasibility study results, which said a stadium could be built on the footprint of Wakefield College's Thornes Park campus. A business plan, including funding options and an investigation into sustainability of the stadium, will be put together ready for late summer. A statement from the Wildcats, tenants for the proposed stadium, said: "We have taken steps to apply for full planning permission for housing on Belle Vue, enhancing its current outline permission. This move will reinforce the club's Super League licence application in areas of financial strength and stability. The club will continue to work with the local authority to pursue aspirations for a new community stadium" A council report has also highlighted two timescale options. If the college moves out of Thornes Park campus in 2010, the stadium and sports complex could be completed by summer 2012. If it does not vacate the site until 2012, the facility would be built in stages with the stadium finished in 2012 and the sports village in spring 2014, but council bosses want to build a swimming pool as early as possible.


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