Source: City of Wakefield
Wakefield Council is set to undertake consultation on the next phase of preparing the Wakefield District Local Plan 2036 – a planning framework for sustainable development, inclusive economic growth and protecting the environment across the Wakefield district over the next 15 years.
The Local Plan sets out the Council’s planning policies for securing growth, investment and sustainable development across the district. It also focuses on safeguarding and improving the environment and biodiversity, whilst also improving the quality of development and places for people to live, work and visit, through new and amended policies.
The draft plan includes the provision of 1,400 new homes each year until 2036 and the allocation of an additional 290 hectares of employment land. It will ensure developments are well located to public transport networks, improve transport infrastructure, including the highway network and walking and cycling routes, and importantly, support the Council’s commitment to tackling climate change.
Plans include identifying new strategic development sites at Calder Grove, Featherstone, Knottingley, land south of Junction 30 M62, South Elmsall and South Kirkby, as well as key sites in Castleford, Normanton and City Fields, Wakefield.
This unlocks the potential for good quality jobs for local people and ensures good quality and affordable homes can be built in the places where people want to live.
The draft plan reinforces the masterplanning work underway in Wakefield, Castleford, Knottingley and Pontefract, aiming to secure investment and bring forward high quality, well designed, sustainable development and environmental improvements.
The draft plan has been prepared following extensive consultation with statutory agencies, such as the Highways England, Environment Agency and Historic England, as well as key organisations and local stakeholders and engagement has been ongoing since 2017.
A consultation on the Publication Draft Wakefield District Local Plan 2036 will open on 29 October for people to give their comments. A Key Changes leaflet will be available to highlight how the draft plan has changed.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “It is absolutely necessary that we have a Local Plan to future-proof our district so that we can continue to realise economic growth and development, whilst also improving the environment.
“The plan will also support the district’s economic recovery from COVID-19 by bringing employers and investment into the area and therefore creating jobs for local people.
“I believe we have found the right mix of components in this draft plan to make this all happen, but we will consider comments received during the consultation period to make it more robust, if possible.”
The consultation is open from 29 October for six weeks, visit https://consult.wakefield.gov.uk/portal
Following the consultation, the draft plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination early next year, and the anticipated adoption of the plan in 2022.
For information on previous engagement and consultations on the draft plan, see http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/planning/policy/emerging-local-plan-2036/local-plan-2036