A new stadium at Glasshoughton for Castleford is back on the agenda after a property group announced plans for an enabling retail development.
The site, just off junction 32 of the M62, has long been ear-marked as the venue for a new home for the Tigers, who have made a perfect start to the Super League season, winning four from four.
The new plans, announced by Lateral Property Group, would see a £135m investment, including a new retail offering, a country park and a 10,000 capacity stadium, designed to meet Super League requirements.
The stadium would have a mixture of both seating and standing terraces, and provide administration, changing facilities, restaurants and hospitality areas for the club.
Subject to planning approval, it is anticipated that construction would begin during 2015, and the new stadium would be ready for the 2017 season.
Jack Fulton, Chairman of Castleford Tigers said: “Clearly this is a very exciting opportunity for Castleford Tigers to finally get a home fit for the 21st Century. A new stadium will provide the foundations of a bright new future for the club and much needed facilities for the wider Castleford community. Where previously other plans have not materialised, Castleford Tigers are confident that Lateral Property Group can deliver this new stadium for the club.”
Before a planning application is submitted the proposals will be the subject of public consultation, including an exhibition. Details of these events will be provided in due course.
On two separate occasions, in 2007 and 2011, plans have failed to materialise, and in October 2012, the club revealed it was seriously considering the re-development of its existing Wheldon Road home as a result.
Philip Lunn, Managing Director of Lateral Property Group said: “In addition to delivering this new stadium for Castleford Tigers, the enabling retail development could bring a massive boost to the local economy. We have had very positive conversations with some of the biggest names in UK retail and we expect to be able to make further announcements soon.
“We estimate that around 2,000 jobs will be created at the site, along with another 680 during construction. Overall, the development will see around £135 million being invested into the local community.”