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Plans submitted for Workington world cup stadium

Artist's impression of the new Workington stadium that will games in the 2021 World Cup Credit: Allerdale Borough Council

Plans have been lodged for a new stadium in Workington that will host matches at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup

A planning application has been submitted to Allerdale Borough Council for the 8,000 all-seater ground that would be shared by Workington Reds and Workington Town and built on the site of the current Borough Park.

Last week Workington was named as one of the host venues for the Rugby League World Cup taking place in England during October and November 2021.

The new stadium - which is expected to be completed by the spring of 2021 - will stage three of the tournament's group matches

The designs for the three-level building also include a community 3G training pitch; facilities for the NHS and a pharmacy; office space that could house 300 Sellafield workers; a hospitality suite with two lounges; and a community café.

"It is all part of the council’s commitment to make sport and leisure accessible to all to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, as well as giving local businesses a boost by making our towns more attractive to investors.

"The application also covers a number of issues such as a travel plan, landscaping and a flood risk assessment. The statement of community involvement details the engagement with local people so far and shows some 97% of people who responded to a consultation event held at Workington’s leisure centre last December were supportive of the plans."

– Allerdale Borough Council spokesperson

The plans can viewed and commented on via the Allerdale Borough Councilwebsite. The deadline for comments is 1 March 2019.