Cabinet asked to approve regeneration projects for the district

​Date: 09/03/2015

Key decision makers are being asked to approve regeneration priorities for the coming year in the Wakefield district including new proposals for the South East.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said: "Regeneration continues to be priority for us as we drive forward investment in our district and I am pleased with all the projects outlined in this report.

"We want Wakefield to be a great place for people to live, work and invest in. These plans will continue to support our long term goals to make the district a thriving hub of activity for everyone to enjoy."

The report seeks agreement on priorities including:
• Completion of Kirkgate Station
• Development of the new West Yorkshire Archives building
• Demolition and works at Rutland Mills
• The conversion of Bretton Hall –into a high quality hotel
• Plans to improve the Civic Quarter.
Other recommendations focus on the five towns and the South East and includes:
• Securing funding for improvements to the railway station in Castleford
• Unlocking new housing and employment development in Castleford
• Restoration of historic buildings in the Market Place in Pontefract
• Construction of a new retail development at The Close in Knottingley
• Secure funding for remediation of the Normanton depot site
• Continue developing housing at Girnhill in Featherstone, Frickley, South Elmsall and Fitzwilliam.
• Completion of a new waste management facility in the South East
• Bringing forward a number of smaller, locally important improvement schemes in the South East

The report also outlines record regeneration achievements which include the completion and opening of the new Westgate railway station and Castleford bus station, completion of the Pontefract Northern Link Road and the £225,000 refurbishment works in Knottingley to improve the Hill Top.