A NEW leisure complex could be built in Dewsbury within the next two years.
The move follows delays over a deal to turn a 24-acre site off Owl Lane into a greyhound racing track.
Rugby league club Dewsbury Rams have agreed in principle, with Kirklees Council, to develop the area into the leisure centre.
Rams bosses had been involved in a deal with the Greyhound Racing Association to build a racetrack at the site.
But two-year delays to a similar track in Liverpool led Wembley plc, the parent company of the GRA, to put the Dewsbury talks on hold.
The Liverpool scheme has now gone to a public inquiry.
Additionally, animal welfare workers from Tia Greyhound Rescue, based in Sowerby Bridge, slammed the Dewsbury scheme. Racing dogs, they said were simply dumped by their owners when they became too old.
A spokesman for the GRA said his company was "pressing the pause button", but that did not mean an end to the Dewsbury plans.