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Exciting proposals announced for development of Headingley Carnegie Stadium
28 January 2016 06:00
By Phil Daly
How the South Stand could look in the future
Exciting plans for the redevelopment of Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds are set to be revealed at a series of public exhibition to be held in February.
The success of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie makes Headingley Carnegie Stadium one of the biggest visitor attractions in Leeds and important to the economy of the city. The plans are aimed to retain the stadium's position internationally in readiness for the economic and social benefits that hosting the 2019 Cricket World Cup and future test match cricket will bring to Leeds and Yorkshire.
To facilitate the stadium improvement plans, funding will be provided from a combination of public and private funding including Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos. Leeds Rhinos will provide the majority of the remaining investment through the proposed sale of two sites for housing development located off Weetwood Avenue, Weetwood and off Old Thorpe Lane, Bradford Road, Tingley. The net receipts from the sale of these sites will be 100% invested into the improvements at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
The proposals will create an increased capacity Cricket Stadium that will offer the highest standards of playing, practice and training facilities, good quality seating and corporate facilities, state of the art technology and media facilities and attractive spaces around the stadium to improve integration with the surrounding Headingley neighbourhood.
For the Rugby Stadium, the proposals will provide a replacement North and South Stand with enhanced facilities for players, fans and visitors. The new South Stand will also replace some of the Rugby capacity lost by the development of the joint Stand between rugby and cricket and for the first time will include an element of seating within the stand however the standing capacity will still exceed the current level of members in the South Stand.
As part of the proposals, the Club are embarking on a consultation process which will shape and inform the final planning application. The public are invited to attend a series of exhibitions to view our plans for Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Weetwood and Tingley and will have the opportunity to discuss the plans with members of the design team and provide feedback.
The Exhibitions are taking place as follows:
• Monday 8th February, 2016 from 4pm - 7pm
Weetwood Hall - The Bramley Room, Weetwood Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS
• Tuesday 9th February, 2016 from 4pm - 7pm
Woodkirk Valley Country Club, Leeds Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, WF12 7JL
• Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February, 2016 from 4pm - 7pm
Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Carnegie Café Bar, St Michael's Ln, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS6 3BR
The exhibition will remain in the Carnegie Cafe Bar at Headingley Carnegie Stadium from
Friday 12th February until Monday 15th February.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?
If you would like to discuss our expansion plans in more detail you can:
• Speak to our project team in person at the Exhibitions
• Visit the website at www.hwt-leeds.co.uk
• Email email@example.com
• Write to HWT-Leeds Consultation, WYG Planning Department,
Arndale Court, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2UJ.
The feedback period is open until Tuesday 16th February 2016
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington commented, "We have been working behind the scenes with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds City Council for many years and now the vision of a completely re-developed Headingley is a reality.
"For Rugby fans, we will be providing significantly more comfort with much better seating, yet retaining the uniqueness and character of our home.
"Our overall capacity will not increase, but that has never been our aim. We have a 90 year old Main Stand and a South Stand that was condemned 6 years ago and is in constant need of repair.
"It will present a major construction challenge and inevitably cause some disruption for all teams during that period. Our stadium capacity will reduce to just over 13,000 for a period during the 2017 season but we are determined to ensure all our ticketed members are guaranteed access to all games and that's why the 2016 Members will have priority for 2017.
"Headingley has been a wonderful asset of the City for 125 years with a worldwide reputation for sporting drama and excitement and this latest development is another great news story for Leeds and Yorkshire," added Hetherington.