£39m Headingley stadium revamp approved

Plans for the £39m redevelopment of Headingley stadium have been given the go-ahead although funding must still be found for the project.

The Leeds site is home to rugby league side Leeds Rhinos, rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Under the redevelopment proposals a new rugby south stand and a replacement for the existing joint stand, which overlooks both the rugby pitch and cricket ground would be built.

Funding was due to be raised from the development of two sites for housing development located off Weetwood Avenue, Weetwood and off Old Thorpe Lane, Bradford Road, Tingley.

But these plans have been dropped after running into planning difficulties.

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said: “We would like to thank Leeds City Council for their efforts during this planning application process.

“This was another crucial step for us. We believe a funding mechanism can be found to realise the vision for the stadium.”

Yorkshire CCC Chief Executive Mark Arthur added: “We remain confident that we can deliver the re-development for the stadium and look forward to working with partners to make this possible and retain our status in international cricket.”