£5m Rams plan wins backing as ‘model scheme’

Issue 649

A PLAN to redevelop land next to Dewsbury Rams’ stadium was hailed as a model scheme by councillors.

Moves for new homes next to the Owl Lane site were approved by the Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-committee.

The £5m proposal also contains sports facilities, cycleways and a 334-space car park for the Rams.

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.”

Developer Stirling Investment Properties has lined up Harron Homes to build 206 houses.

The green belt land was formerly the Shaw Cross Colliery and a council tip and landfill.

Dewsbury Rams will be able to generate income from commercial use of the sports facilities they gain.

It is hoped this will secure the club's future at a time when Rugby League faces radical change.

Chairman Mark Sawyer said the development is a great opportunity to boost the health and wellbeing of the town.

The Dewsbury East area will get extra funding as a result of the property influx.

Kirklees Council also benefits from a Government new homes premium to help them deliver extra services.

The plans have been passed to Secretary of State Eric Pickles for final approval.

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