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Castleford Tigers seemingly make huge decision on stadium ahead of redevelopment

Castleford Tigers stadium the Jungle

February is a huge month for the Castleford Tigers as it will see the Tigers request permission to begin work on their stadium redevelopment.

This has long been in the pipeline and the Tigers are now determined to get it over the line.

The club are looking to secure permission for the following plan from Wakefield City Council:

“Full planning application for the redevelopment of existing stadium comprising demolition of existing main (east) stand and replacement with new all-seater stand with associated corporate hospitality and entertainment facilities along with new gym, club management facilities and offices, refurbished high ball skills and wrestling facility, provision of fan zone, installation of 4G training pitch with floodlighting, resurfacing of car park and circulation areas, selected refurbishment of Railway End (south stand) and refurbishment of Princess Street (west) and Wheldon Road (north) stands including replacement cladding and associated infrastructure, drainage, landscaping and engineering works. | Castleford Rugby League Football Club Wheldon Road Castleford WF10 2SD.”

Ahead of attempting to secure this major step towards redevelopment, the club had made a big move of their own.

Castleford Tigers Companies House change

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anna Gowthorpe/BPI/Shutterstock 10080784b A general view of the pitch before kick off Castleford Tigers v Catalan Dragons, Super League, Rugby League, Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford, UK – 01 Feb 2019

According to Companies House, it would seem that Castleford Tigers have made a major move to secure planning permission or have tied some loose ends up ahead of applying for this planning permission.

This is because, as per an update from Companies House, new Director Martin Jepson is now down as the lender of Wheldon Road to the borrowers who are listed as the Castleford Tigers.

Companies House explains the following:

Details of Charge
Date of creation: 22/01/2024
Charge code: 0021 4373 0013
Persons entitled: MARTIN CLIVE JEPSON
Brief description: ALL THAT LAND AND PREMISES, AMOUNTING TO SLIGHTLY LESS THAN
TEN ACRES, COMPRISING CHIEFLY A RUGBY FOOTBALL STADIUM WITH
ATTENDANT FACILITIES AND A TRAINING PITCH, COMPRISED UNDER
REGISTERED TITLE NUMBER WYK823529
Contains floating charge(s) (floating charge covers all the property or
undertaking of the company).
Chargor acting as a bare trustee for the property
Authentication of Instrument: Certified by: MARK GRATTAN

This deed is dated 22nd January 2024
Parties
(1) THE CASTLEFORD RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED, incorporated and
registered in England and Wales with company number 00214373 whose registered office is at
The Jungle, Wheldon Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 2SD (Borrower)
(2) MARTIN JEPSON of (Lender).
BACKGROUND.

(A)The Lender has agreed, pursuant to the Facility Agreement, to provide the Borrower with loan
facilities on a secured basis.
(B) Under this deed, the Borrower provides security to the Lender for the loan facilities made
available under the Facility Agreement.

Based on this it seems Jepson is now listed as the owner of the stadium. This seems to have been done in advance of requesting planning permission.

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