Wakefield Trinity Wildcats confirm that the club are aware of correspondence received by Wakefield Council from Government Office relating to the planning application at Newmarket for the new community stadium.
Speaking earlier Sir Rodney Walker Chairman of the Wakefield and District Community Trust said “We are obviously deeply disappointed with today’s news that the planning application has been referred to the Secretary of State. I am astounded and I cannot understand how on the day the Government confirm that planning decisions will be referred back to Local Authorities this application has been called in. We believe this is only the second application to be called in since the new Coalition Government came to power.”
Chief Executive James Elston said “With Super League licensing looking closely at facilities this delay is a huge blow. Rugby League has been synonymous with the City of Wakefield for 137 years and this delay could put that in jeopardy. We now need to conduct further meetings with the Developer, the Community Trust and with other stakeholders to review the contingency plans that were put in place in the event of such a delay in planning.
The impact of today’s news will be felt strongly throughout the region not only by all Wildcat fans but by the citizens of the City with schools reducing sport provision, council cut backs and a lack of facilities around the District. The City is desperately in need of these new privately funded facilities for sport, health and education.”
A spokesperson for Yorkcourt Properties Limited said “The planning process is still ongoing, this news creates a delay but we will continue to work with all necessary advisors and authorities to do all we can to deliver this scheme for the City of Wakefield.”
The Wildcats confirmed that a meeting of Shareholders has been called for 4th January 2011 to be held in Cats, Belle Vue starting at 7.30pm.
No further statement will be issued on this matter.