WAKEFIELD WILDCATS' STADIUM PLAN APPROVED

Planning permission for a new stadium for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats' has been unanimously approved by the local council.

The go-ahead for the development on green-belt land bordering Leeds and Wakefield is seen as a major step towards securing the rugby club’s future.

Wildcats’ was awarded its Super League licence on the promise of a move from the ageing Belle Vue site, which has been their home since 1878.

James Elston, the Wildcats' chief executive, said: "This is fantastic news and is the biggest day in the clubs modern history. We are still aware that we have some boxes to tick but now we can move onwards and upwards.

"I would like to thank all supporters, players and staff who spent three hours outside showing their support for the club this morning and also to Wakefield Council."

Yorkcourt properties, the developers behind the scheme, said the site was zoned as green belt but was an old colliery and will be the basis of a £60million, 12,000-seater stadium.

Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside Wakefield County Hall and cheered as they heard the council's decision.

The club is currently subject to a winding up petition from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

On Thursday Wakefield announced an unknown benefactor had offered to pay their tax bill, on the basis that the new stadium plans were approved.

Posted on 22/10/2010