Cas outline stadium plans
Fresh plans have been unveiled for a new stadium for Castleford Tigers.
If approved, the 10,000-capacity stadium would be part of a £135million retail development on the site of a disused colliery just off the M62 at Glasshoughton.
It is the same location chosen by the club for their previous stadium plans which were thwarted by funding issues arising from the sale of the current ground at Wheldon Road, now known as the Mend-a-Hose Jungle.
This time the club say the project will be funded entirely by property developers who have opened talks with both Wakefield Council and the highways authority.
Lateral Property Group say the development will also feature a 50-acre country park and that as many as 2,000 jobs would be created.
The purpose-built stadium would be designed to meet First Utility Super League requirements, with a mixture of both seating and standing terraces, and it is hoped that work will begin during 2015 with a view to being ready for the 2017 season.
Castleford chairman Jack Fulton said: "Clearly this is a very exciting opportunity for Castleford Tigers to finally get a home fit for the 21st century.
"A new stadium will provide the foundations of a bright new future for the club and much-needed facilities for the wider Castleford community.
"Where previously other plans have not materialised, Castleford Tigers are confident that Lateral Property Group can deliver this new stadium for the club."
The development is on similar lines to the one proposed for Super League neighbours Wakefield, just two junctions further along the M62.
The Glasshoughton project will include a foodstore and petrol station, together with a range of retail units designed to attract high-quality brands.
Philip Lunn, managing director of Lateral Property Group, said: "In addition to delivering this new stadium for Castleford Tigers, the enabling retail development could bring a massive boost to the local economy.
"We have had very positive conversations with some of the biggest names in UK retail and we expect to be able to make further announcements soon."