Wildcats given stadium boost
Wakefield have received the go-ahead for a new stadium, the Super League club have announced.
The Wildcats were told on Thursday that the Secretary of State has given his blessing for the development at Newmarket, which will include a 12,000-capacity community stadium.
The £19million development, on the site of an old colliery just off junction 30 of the M62, was the subject of a two-week public inquiry in December following objections from residents and Leeds City Council.
The stadium will be owned by the Wakefield & District Community Trust but the Wildcats will become anchor tenants.
It is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2015 season and before the start of the new Super League licensing period.
Wakefield will be hoping the announcement brings to an end a long-running saga that threatened their future in Super League.
"This is fantastic news and is a decision that provides security for the club's long-term future, which now looks even brighter," said chief executive James Elston."
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: "We welcome the Secretary of State's initial decision which supports what our planning committee was minded to do when we received this application.
"This step forward is excellent news for the regeneration of the district.
"Wakefield Trinity has long battled for a new stadium and this proposed decision gives the club a way forward and a more secure footing in the Super League."