Tingley land could be sold to pay for stadium

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Land owned by Leeds Rhinos could be sold and developed into houses to pay for upgrades at Headingley Stadium.

Plans have been revealed by the Rugby League club to develop land at Old Thorpe Lane, Tingley, into 170 homes to fund a revamp of the stadium’s north and south stands.

But objectors say the plans to sell the land, used by J Six Equestrian Centre to graze horses, could force the business to close.

Coun Jack Dunn (East Ardsley and Robin Hood) said: “They are proposing to take every bit of green space on the site and it would leave the horses with nowhere to graze.

“That riding centre is run by hardworking people, they do a lot of work with children and there are very few places now for people to go for riding.

“It looks like this is the price we have to pay for improvements to a cricket ground.

“Why do people have to lose their quality of life here for the sake of people who like rugby and cricket in Headingley ?”

Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletic Company Ltd are organising a public consultation into the proposals on February 9, before a formal planning application is submitted.

Headingley Stadium needs to be upgraded in order for the city to retain an international cricket ground status.

It is used by Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos rugby league team and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team.

A leaflet detailing the plans says the football pitch adjacent to the proposed site would be retained and “unaffected by the development”.

The development would include a play space for children and walks along Spink Well Lane and Thorpe Lane.

The consultation will be held on Tuesday from 4pm-7pm at Woodkirk Valley Country Club. WYG Planning Department were contacted and asked to comment.