Yvette Cooper is calling on Planning Minister Brandon Lewis to stop delaying and make a decision on a new stadium for Castleford Tigers.
Under new laws, Government Ministers have around 21 days to “call in” a planning application if they believe there are unresolved local issues or an application is of “national significance” or they can choose to delay the decision if there are grounds to do so. In March the Government decided to delay any decision on the new development in Glasshoughton until after the General Election.
In a letter sent at the time to Secretary of State Eric Pickles, Ms Cooper cited the overwhelming public support for the scheme and the benefits it will bring to the area; £135m of new investment and an estimated 2000 new jobs.
She’s now calling on supporters of the scheme to join her in writing to the Planning Minister to ask him to take up the scheme and end the delays.
Yvette Cooper MP said:
“This stadium is really important for Cas Tigers and will secure the future of the Club into the future. And most people round here just want to get on with it. Everything is ready, we’re ready to break ground and we’ve been waiting ten years already.
“Of course there’s always a legal process that has to happen when a planning application goes in and it was right to delay things during the campaign period but it’s over a month now since the election and we’ve still had no word and we need action.
“I’m writing to the Minister calling on him to approve the scheme as soon as possible and I think everyone who is supporting the new stadium should do the same, even if they’ve already done it earlier in the year.
“The easiest way is to send an email directly through http://forms.communities.gov.uk/ or people can write to my office and I will send them along. We’ve waited long enough. The Government need to make a decision and grant permission for the new stadium now.”