Dewsbury Rams plans given the green light

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An application for the redevelopment of the Dewsbury Rams’ stadium has been backed by councillors.

Developer Stirling Investment Properties submitted plans to Kirklees Council to build 203 houses next to the Tetley’s Stadium on the Owl Lane site.

As part of a deal it is hoped the development would secure the long-term future of the club.

They will also provide a full size floodlit all-weather sports pitch and two floodlit all weather multi-use games areas, footpaths and cycleways, as well as a 334 space car park for the Rams.

The rugby league club will generate income from commercial use of the facilities.

Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee supported the application at Dewsbury Town Hall on Thursday.

Coun Steve Hall (Lab, Heckmondwike) said: “It has got everything you want in an application. It has affordable housing, £348,000 for education and hopefully will bring the community of Dewsbury together.”

Rams chairman Mark Sawyer said the development was a great opportunity to provide a stronger and healthier community in the town.

Councillors approved the plans which have now been referred to the Secretary of State for full approval.