LEEDS RUGBY UNVEIL NEW PLANS FOR HISTORIC SOUTH STAND

Leeds Rugby, the owners of Headingley Carnegie Stadium, have unveiled revised plans for the redevelopment of the famous South Stand terrace as a period of public consultation begins.

The plans are now on public view in the Carnegie Café Bar at the stadium for residents and supporters to give their feedback before the plans are submitted for a planning application.

The club have revised plans for the new all-standing terrace following initial feedback from planners, reducing the height, capacity and footprint from the proposal announced last year and confirming there will now be no corporate facilities within the new stand.

Commenting on the new plans Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, “It is the Club’s intention to submit a planning application to Leeds City Council as soon as practical. The project will need to commence at the end of this Super League season and could take approximately 10 months to complete.
“In the meantime this public consultation is designed to allow residents and supporters to tell the club what you think of the proposals,” added Hetherington.

The current South Stand was built in 1932 and renovated in 2000 at a cost of £1 million with further works in 2008 costing £250,000. The current capacity for the terrace is 6,000 which will increase to 6,500 under the new plans. The new facility will include new male and female toilets, increased access for disabled supporters, baby changing facilities, new alternative changing rooms and improved concession areas for supporters.

It is envisaged that the new design will improve the current St Michaels Lane street scene as the new South Stand is set back 6.5m from St Michaels Lane whereas the existing Stand virtually abuts the pavement in the South East corner.

The club have also confirmed that, depending on planning permission approval, there are no plans to move games away from Headingley Carnegie whilst the building work is taking place for either Leeds Rhinos or Leeds Carnegie.

Commercial Director Rob Oates added, “The redevelopment of the South Stand will present us with a number of challenges but we are confident that we can continue with a reduced capacity next season if we are successful with our planning application. We are currently working through scenarios for next season to accommodate our fans who have South Stand season tickets and we will contact them directly once these are confirmed.”

The Public Exhibition and Consultation regarding the new South Stand has now commenced and will conclude on Monday, 18th April 2011.

Detailed information regarding the club's proposals will be displayed in the Carnegie Cafe Bar on St Michael's Lane between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays. Leeds Rugby staff will be in attendance to assist for three sessions – Thursday, 7th April 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Wednesday, 13th April 6.00pm – 8.00pm and finally Monday, 18th April 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Please note, there is a Leeds Rhinos home game on 15th April and the exhibition will close to non match ticket holders at 3.00pm.

Comments will be welcomed in advance of the proposed submission of a formal planning application by the club as the next stage of the process. Questionnaires will be provided at the exhibition for comments to be made and considered.

Click here to see the public consultation plans.