Council aims to ‘Build Wakefield’ with help of housebuilders

Date: 09/02/2016
Ref: PR 6169

​Wakefield Council is working to tackle the housing shortage by building better partnerships with the region's small and medium-sized housebuilders, starting at an event later this month.

The 'Build Wakefield' event at Hatfield Hall on February 25 will offer developers guidance on the latest planning and building control regulations, and information about working with Wakefield Council's Apprenticeship Hub and Wakefield College to attract new employees and upskill their workforce.

Wakefield Council's Inward Investment team will be available to discuss the wider support they can offer to businesses working in, or interested in, operating within the district.

Representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency will be attending to discuss how developers can access funding initiatives to support their developments.

Local developer John Saul, of Saul Construction, will also be speaking about his experience of building houses in Wakefield and the supportive and proactive approach from the Council.

In addition, Build Wakefield will include the launch of a 'housing sites land match' service which will provide builders with detailed information on housing sites with planning permission that are currently on the market.

The event will be opened by Wakefield Council's Deputy Leader, Councillor Denise Jeffrey. Cllr Jeffrey said: "We are committed to tackling the housing shortage across Wakefield, and we recognise that small and medium-sized housebuilders have a vital role to play in this.

"Our Build Wakefield event will help to overcome any barriers faced by developers so we can work together to build more high quality new homes across the district."

John Saul, of Saul Construction, said: "We have developed many sites in the Wakefield district and we currently have three active sites in the area. We have always found dealing with Wakefield Council and its staff a positive experience, and a practical solution has always been achieved with the Council offering the appropriate advice and guidance.

"The Build Wakefield event is the latest example of the Council's proactive approach to involve the smaller and medium sized builders in trying to solve the local housing shortage, and we think that it is a worthy initiative."

For more information, or to book your place at Build Wakefield, visit www.wakefieldfirst.com/events

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