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SBD Global/July 18, 2017/Facilities

Trust Rejects Super League Rugby Side Wakefield Trinity's Stadium Proposal

The trust set up to help Super League rugby side Wakefield Trinity get a new stadium rejected a new agreement from the developer and dismissed it as "rubbish and meaningless," according to Jeremy Cross of the DAILY STAR. Developer Yorkcourt believes the heads of terms agreement sent to Wakefield Council is "acceptable to all parties." But members of the Wakefield & District Community Trust told the council the document is "far from acceptable." The proposal from Yorkcourt "aimed at securing a revised planning permission" includes no timescale on when the stadium will be built or how much it will cost and "lacks basic detail" about the £10M ($13.1M) plan. The document also confirmed that Yorkcourt "will not be willing to work with W&DCT" and wants to form a partnership with a "rival" trust set up by sports administrator Rodney Walker. This new agreement revealed that Yorkcourt wants to "abandon plans to finance and build adjacent grass and flood-lit all-weather training pitches." Yorkcourt promised to build these at the public inquiry, but now wants to "use up to half of the original 35-acre greenbelt stadium complex for a housing development instead" (DAILY STAR, 7/17).
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