Homes plan holds key to Dewsbury Rams’ long-term future

PROPOSALS: Dewsbury Rams say developing land around the Tetley's Stadium is the key to their long-term sustainability.
PROPOSALS: Dewsbury Rams say developing land around the Tetley's Stadium is the key to their long-term sustainability.
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THE future of Dewsbury Rams could be secured if a major development on land around its stadium wins public support.

Today the rugby league club and developer Stirling Scotfield have revealed plans for 200 homes, a 60 bedroom care home and eight acres of sporting and community facilities.

Rams chairman Mark Sawyer said: “I believe these proposals represent a once in a lifetime opportunity for the rugby club to develop the land next to our stadium and bring much needed benefits to our club and local community.”

He said the proposals would mean significant financial investment in the club and its community work. The development, which would run along the Kirklees-Wakefield border, could also have implications for the council’s Local Development Framework for creating homes and jobs.

It could offer an alternative site for some of the 500 homes the council has proposed for green belt land nearby. Chidswell Action Group chairman Rod Lilley welcomed the Rams’ proposals.

“I think it’s great for the community,” he said.

“I’ve been led to understand it’s not going to affect a lot of other homes and it’s not on green belt. I think that’s an area the council should be looking at.”

Pick up a copy of today’s Reporter for more on the plans and the latest LDF news.