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Wakefield unveils plans for rugby league and community stadium

Words: Huw Morris

Wakefield Council is proposing to build a new community stadium at Belle Vue, the home of rugby league club Wakefield Trinity, West Yorkshire.

Plans for the stadium include retail, residential and entertainment development. The proposal has been drawn up by the council, Yorkcourt Properties, and the 88m Group, which owns the Belle Vue ground.

The three partners spent the summer exploring options to move forward the stalled community stadium project. The move will enable the rugby league club to play in a Super League standard venue.

The council is willing to take a lease on the site under the deal. Once full agreement is reached and subject to planning approval, work could start on site in September 2018 with the new stadium ready for the beginning of the 2020 Super League season.

Wakefield’s leader Peter Box said the plan aims “to deliver a new future for rugby league and community sport in this district”.

He added: “The future of the new Belle Vue proposal now rests with the club and a trust which need to produce a robust business plan that clearly demonstrates how they will generate income to meet the running costs and commercial rent.”