When are Leeds going to redevelop Headingley?
Carefully and sustainably, with our own money.
The funding was in place for a new South Stand last year. It was to be a replacement with the same capacity as currently just with corporate hospitality boxes to provide additional income. The council, in it's infinite wisdom, denied the application.
One of the reasons being, I sh|t you not, that the increased capacity would put additional strain on the local transport network and local population.
Now, at the time of the application the South Stand capacity had been reduced by IIRC around 2,000 (now back up again after a few hundred thousand spent on it) so the Council's rationale was that a new stand would increase the capacity of the stand, despite it only being a temporary reduction and the capacity had been at least what it is now (and previously higher) for over 50 years. Also the local population are predominantly students who are gone after a couple of years anyway.
The only stand the council would allow at the time was one at a size of the reduced capacity, with no corporate boxes and with significant sums of money put in to making it "aesthetically pleasing".
So the council would only allow Leeds to spend millions (with no council financial assistance) on a new stand that is smaller and provides less income than he current one. Needless to say, Mr Hetherington was not a happy bunny. Sadly some of the councillors on the planning cmte seemed determined to deny permission regardless.
When you take a look at how the monstrosity that masquerades as a new cricket stand at Headingley was waved through planning and with significant council financial assistance for YCCC in recent years, it beggars belief that the same councillors can be so intransigent toward a profit-making, highly successful sports club, yet go out of their way to do everything possible to assist one that so comprehensively isn't.
As I'm sure Wakefield fans will confirm, Leeds City Council are @r5eholes.