Funny that at the same meeting that the 5 Towns application was passed the planning committee said they would have refused permission for the conversion of the B&Q to a Sainsbury supermarket if that application had not already been referred to an appeal - the nearby Asda was given the go ahead to expand though. And just because plans are drawn up and get assessed doesn't mean it's going to happen though does it? After all you can't submit your planning application without them and I believe there's been a few for the environs of Pontefract and Castleford over the years including some for a new Cas ground.
What seems to be forgotten in all of this is:
- this is is not an application to build a stadium but to build a retail development with a stadium thrown in as a sweetener. Lateral are not in this for the good of CTRLFC (nor indeed the local community), but for the good of Lateral. Nothing will happen until they are certain that they will make a profit.
- if the development does go ahead with a supermarket included somewhere, it will signal the death knell of the nearby town centres. That's something those who've put their names to any supporting petition have overlooked in their desire for Cas to get a new ground. Many of those same people will be complaining about the wasteland the centre of Cas will become a few years down the line.
Wasteland? The centre of Castleford? In a few years.......