Castleford Tigers has revealed a significant breakthrough in the development of a new stadium at Glasshoughton.
A recent announcement by WMDC, after several years of uncertainty, declared that the Health and Safety Executive do not need to be consulted on developments outside the boundary of the former Hicksons C6 site. This means funding from the sale of The Jungle on Wheldon Road has now been assured.
Ben Bailey Homes, who purchased an option on the site in 2006, has now received the go-ahead to develop the ten acre site at The Jungle. In turn this enables the club to realise major funding towards their new stadium next to Xscape at Glasshoughton.
Commenting on the news, Richard Wright, Chief Executive of Castleford Tigers said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the news received from Wakefield MDC which gives the go-ahead for future development at The Jungle.
“This announcement is highly significant being undoubtedly the biggest hurdle to overcome in the entire project as it unlocks our key source of funding.
“Removal of the chemical licence has been out of our control and has delayed our progress since 2005. We have been liaising with the council to get the chemical license removed for some time and are pleased at the final outcome. It was the one single factor that could derail our plans for the new stadium.
“Subject to detailed planning submission approval which we anticipate to be a formality, we can now move the project forward with increased confidence.
“The new stadium will help us as we seek to secure a renewed Super League licence next year and will also provide the platform for the club to realise its ambitious plans.
Castleford Tigers has already been pledged £2m of funding from Wakefield MDC to develop the 13,300 capacity stadium within a 20-acre site at Glasshoughton on Junction 32 of the M62.