For years Castleford Tigers have been pushing for either a new stadium or redevelopment of the Jungle.
Wakefield Trinity down the road have been able to do brilliant work to Belle Vue and new owner Matthew Ellis has confirmed further plans for the stadium redevelopment.
The Castleford Tigers are hoping to begin a similar process with both a stadium redevelopment as well as as a plan with Axiom Yorkshire at Junction 32.
Both have been stalled with Axiom stalled by the National Highways whilst the stadium has been stalled by the Environmental Agency over flooding concerns.
But Axiom confirmed that the objection from National Highways has been withdrawn. They made the following statement:
“Axiom Yorkshire can confirm that both planning applications for a major upgrade to the Wheldon Road stadium and a significant new employment development on the Axiom site, at Junction 32 on the M62, have taken a major step forward this week, following the recent decision by National Highways to lift its holding objection to the Axiom proposals and with Wakefield Council’s highways team also confirming that they have no objection.
“Planning applications for both projects were submitted at the end of 2022 and have been going through the process of being rigorously assessed by Wakefield Council’s planning team. As these highways matters were the last major issues which needed agreement on the Axiom scheme, the planning applications could be decided in the coming weeks, with Wakefield Council’s confirmation of a planning committee date hoped for as soon as possible.
“If planning is approved for both projects, the circa £200 million Axiom Yorkshire employment, logistics and manufacturing proposals will create over 2,200 jobs for local people and provide £12.2 million of funding towards major upgrades at Wheldon Road and £15 million of highways improvements to the Junction 32 roundabout.”
However, there has been no stride forward for the stadium redevelopment which is arguably more important.
That being said, Castleford’s stadium problems are miniscule compared to that of Salford Red Devils who claim they face liquidation due the uncertainty which is shrouding the AJ Bell Stadium and their ongoing tenancy at the stadium and are fearing a punishment for breaching minimum standards,