Multi-million pound Wetherby Racecourse revamp gets go-ahead

Artist's impression of how the new stand could look
Artist's impression of how the new stand could look

A multi-million pound redevelopment of Wetherby Racecourse has been given the go-ahead in a bid to make it one of the region’s premier sporting venues.

The plans to knock down an outdated spectator stand at the racecourse and replace it with a new facility were approved by councillors during a meeting in Leeds yesterday.

The course’s 55-year-old three-storey Members’ Stand is set to be demolished and will be replaced with a state-of-the-art four-storey building next to the Millennium Stand.

The meeting of the planning panel at Leeds Civic Hall was told that the existing facility was “outdated” and “in need of replacement”.

Coun Stuart McKenna said: “We are in 2016. That building is horrible. Let’s give this permission, get it knocked down and get it built.”

Another member of the planning panel, Coun Paul Wadsworth, claimed it was “pleasing to see a company looking to put investment into one of Yorkshire’s premier venues”.

Wetherby councillor John Procter said the new stand would be one of the largest structures built within the ward.

He added: “I just hope that the investment can be found to construct the stand and offer an even better racecourse, not just for the racecourse but also for the rest of Wetherby because there is a knock on effect (for the local economy).”

As part of the development, the ground floor will include a new bar, betting shop and spectator terrace.

The first-floor will offer panoramic views of both the paddock and the racecourse.