Stadium redevelopment plans win consent

Ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Belle Vue stadium have been approved by Wakefield Council.

These will deliver a new 2,507 seated capacity East Stand built to Super League standards, as well as community facilities.

Plans for Wakefield Trinity RLFC also include a resurfaced pitch, upgraded floodlights, new meeting rooms, offices, a café and community use fitness facilities.

The planning application was prepared and submitted by Pegasus Group on behalf of Spirit of 1873 Ltd, which owns the ground.

Approved plans will see the demolition of the existing east stand and its replacement with a two-storey stand which, as well as providing 2,507 seats, will provide a range of new internal spaces for both club and community use.

Chris Calvert, from Pegasus Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the council backed this ambitious vision for the future of Wakefield Trinity RLFC and that we have secured planning permission on behalf of Spirit of 1873 Ltd.

“Achieving sustainable development requires the planning system to have three overriding objectives: an economic objective, a social objective, and an environmental objective.

“The proposed development is set to boast significant socio-economic benefits during both the construction and operational phases of the development.

“Wakefield Trinity RLFC has been an incredibly important part of the community and its history and the proposed development deepens that sense of place and identity further.

“Importantly, it promotes well-being, both physical as well as mental health and this redevelopment will bring about the ability for increased participation in physical activity, either by inspiring some to become more active having followed elite sport, or to simply come and use the facilities that are proposed.”

The project is expected to support about 100 on-site jobs during its construction phase, with a further 166 supported in the wider supply chain.

It should also safeguard 12 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs on-site, with an additional two permanent posts likely to be created once the development is built and operational.

Pegasus worked alongside Turner and Townend, AFL Architects, Stantec, Waterman Group and Smeeden Foreman.