Chantry House demolition document signed

22/01/2020, PR-9270

Demolition work is to start at Chantry House next month, as part of Wakefield Council’s regeneration plans for the Kirkgate area of the city.

Wakefield city centre

​The Council has signed a contract for the removal of the former Council office buildings and of the derelict Snooty Fox pub, to make way for a proposed housing development that would create up to 80 new homes.

The Council is in discussion with several house builders who are interested in the opportunity and the Council is seeking to secure external grant funding to support this major city development.

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

​Cllr Darren Byford, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, said: “This is more great news for Kirkgate as we are continuing our regeneration work to this key gateway into the city.
 
“We want to encourage people to come and live in this part of our city, which has great proximity to the station and access to the city centre and road network.
 
“By redeveloping this part of the city, it will support our long term economic strategy and our goals which are to achieve prosperity and growth for our district.”
 
Other regeneration work in Kirkgate has included the completion of a £6million scheme to improve roads and pavements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The new infrastructure was put in place to support future development and investment in this part of the city.
 
In recent years there have been other major improvements to the Kirkgate area with the refurbishment of the train station and the opening of the new West Yorkshire History Centre which holds the West Yorkshire archives.