Wakefield Wildcats have suffered a major setback to their plans for a new stadium after planning permission has been referred to the Secretary of State.

The club plan to move to a site in Newmarket is now on hold and which could affect their future in Super League.

Wildcats need a new ground before 2012 to meet changing Rugby League criteria.

Wakefield chief executive James Elston admitted: "With Super League licensing looking closely at facilities this delay is a huge blow.

"Rugby League has been synonymous with the City of Wakefield for 137 years and this delay could put that in jeopardy.

Despite Wakefield Council granting the proposed development planning consent, part of the land is owned by Leeds City Council - which received objections from local residents.

"We now need to conduct further meetings with the Developer, the Community Trust and with other stakeholders to review the contingency plans that were put in place in the event of such a delay in planning," added Elston.

The proposed stadium is set to have a 12,000-seater capacity and is expected to cost around £19m.

Posted on 14/12/2010