The Leader of Wakefield Council has presented a proposal, which could see a new community stadium being built at Belle Vue by 2020.
At a meeting with the owners of Wakefield Trinity, Cllr Peter Box CBE put forward a proposition to build a brand new community stadium at Belle Vue, along with a retail, residential and entertainment development.
The plan has been drawn up by Wakefield Council, Yorkcourt Properties and the 88m Group, who are the owners of the Belle Vue ground.
Wakefield Trinity’s Michael Carter and Chris Brereton have agreed the proposal, in principle, and have confirmed that the Club will remain at Belle Vue for the 2018 season, subject to the details being finalised.
The new partnership structure could enable the City’s much loved rugby league team to play in a new Super League standard venue on their current ground.
To speed up the delivery of the new Belle Vue project Wakefield Council has said it is willing to take out a lease on the site.
This could mean that, once full agreement is reached and subject to planning approval, work could start on site in September 2018 and the new community stadium could be ready for the start of the 2020 Super League season.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield CouncilThe Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Peter Box CBE, said: “I am delighted that Wakefield Trinity will remain in this City".
“Today we have shared a bold proposal that has the potential to deliver a new future for rugby league and community sport in this district".
"If we all work together Wakefield Trinity fans can have a ground to be proud of."
"We have moved on from where we were in July and are working positively together for the good of Wakefield."
The future of the new Belle Vue proposal now rests with the Club and a Trust who need to produce a business plan that clearly demonstrates how they will generate income to meet the running costs and commercial rent.
Michael Carter the owner of Wakefield Trinity RFL Club said: “Myself and Chris Brereton are happy, after some tense negotiations, that we have agreed in principle a future ground for Wakefield Trinity".
"If this proves to be satisfactory, then the Club will stay at Belle Vue for 2018 and be in a new stadium as soon as possible".