Kirklees Council could offer a £9m loan to fast-track hotel plans at Huddersfield Town’s football ground.

A hotel was given the green light as part of the £100m HD One scheme featuring a ski slope, shops and bars.

But the development has stalled for more than five years.

Now plans to bring forward the creation of a 149-bed “business class” hotel ahead of the full HD One scheme have begun.

It is thought the hotel would cost about £13m to build.

The John Smith's Stadium site

Kirklees would borrow the cash at preferential rates and make a profit on the loan.

Clr Graham Turner, cabinet member for resources, said it was “good business sense” for the council if the business plan stacked up.

He added: “It will generate a lot of jobs during construction and when it’s operating and it will help the viability of the stadium and facilities for the town.

“It proves we’re committed to the future of Kirklees.”

Councillors on Kirklees Council’s cabinet have been told what brand the hotel will be but the name will not be revealed to the public.

A report says a “lack of 3/4 star” hotel hinders the John Smith’s Stadium’s chances of hosting major sporting events.

Space behind the stadium, currently used as the Direct Golf driving range, has been earmarked

It also says it is a problem for local firms and the university who need luxury rooms for guests and visitors.

Councillors have been told that HD One bosses want to get on with the hotel as the demand is already there.

They say it will also boost “investor confidence” in the overall outdoor snow sports scheme.

Confidence that the main scheme will “go live” in 2016 is high.

A space behind the stadium on land adjacent to the St Andrew Road bridge entrance to the stadium, currently used as the Direct Golf driving range, has been earmarked for the hotel.

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New planning permission would be required.

Councillors will be asked to help with the progress of the scheme by offering a secured loan procured from the Public Works Board.

A report says the council should get its money back and the only risk is if the hotel is not popular.

It says the loan would still pay off even if the full scheme did not proceed.

Hundreds of jobs could be created by the overall scheme.