Sports arena plan steps up a gear....

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Ovenden Sport and Community Foundation has been given the go-ahead to take over the Four Fields sports ground to create a multi-million pound arena.

The organisation want to provide multi-activity games areas, a function room and clubhouse, and changing rooms costing about 2.8 million.

Calderdale Council Cabinet unanimously backed the plan for land off Cousin Lane, which is currently leased to Ovenden Amateur Rugby League Football Club.

Community services spokeswoman Pauline Nash (Lib-Dem, Skircoat) said in return for the 40-year-lease, OSCA would have to agree criteria for measuring the success of the project.