Major new relief road for Eastern Wakefield
Planning councillors in Wakefield have given the go-ahead to one of the region's biggest road schemes in recent years by approving a new road which will reduce traffic congestion.
The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road - approved today by Wakefield Council's Highways and Planning Committee – will be funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which administers the West Yorkshire Transport Fund and is providing almost £34m for the massive scheme.
Planning permission was approved with the additional condition of an extra liaision group to include Wakefield East ward.
Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council and Chair of the WYCA, said: "This is a major scheme not just for Wakefield but for the whole of the region. The road will reduce traffic congestion, improve links to motorways, reduce fuel costs for businesses and residents and help deliver thousands of new jobs.
"It is also the biggest project to date for the West Yorkshire Transport Fund, which is giving council's in West Yorkshire and York the power to put money where it is needed most instead of us having to apply to Whitehall."
Cllr Box added: "The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road will enhance the "emerald ring" around Wakefield, connecting other road improvement schemes and benefitting people in some of the most deprived communities in the district, by creating jobs as the road and other developments take shape.
The planning application was submitted by Spawforths on behalf of Wakefield Council who is working with the City Fields Consortium of Miller Homes, Grantley Developments and Stretton Developments. The relief road will link the A642 Aberford Road and the A638 Doncaster Road, with a connection also to Ferry Lane in Stanley.
The road will improve access for residents who move into the new homes to be built at City Fields over the coming years to both Wakefield city centre and the wider district and motorway network.
The new road will be flanked by a footpath and will link to the Transpennine Trail with new woodland wetlands to attract wildlife and space for public seating and art.
"Gaining planning permission for the road is the start of what will be one of the biggest, most ambitious projects this district has seen for decades," said Cllr Box.
"We are aware that there have some public concerns about such a big scheme, but we have consulted widely and we are confident we have a project which will bring real benefits.
"It meets the priorities of our transport planning, our jobs and growth plan and the wider priorities of the Leeds City Region and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
"We are very proud that we are progressing this project, drawing funding into the district at a time when we are facing huge cuts in public spending."
The Council will manage and deliver the massive project and once all the funding is in place for the relief road and contractors are appointed, building work will start in 2015.