Odsal Stadium development put on

The proposed multi-million pound redevelopment of Odsal Stadium, home of the Bradford Bulls, appears to have hit the buffers today with the announcement by developers Sterling Capitol that they are pulling out of the scheme.

The Leeds-based company had been working together with supermarket chain Tesco and Bradford Council to deliver a state of the art 26,000 seat facility at Odsal, but although the plans were approved locally, significant delays have occurred following a Government decision to call in the plans for a public inquiry. The chief executive of Bradford Council, Ian Stewart, described the plans as 'dead in the water' as a result of the withdrawal of Sterling Capitol. Bradford Bulls spokesman Stuart Duffy said the club were obviously disappointed, but would take some time before issuing a more detailed response to today's events.