New approach to tackling brownfield land across the district

​Date: 13/12/2016

Ref: PR8434

A new approach to help deal with vacant and derelict land will be discussed by Wakefield's senior councillors.

The report, going to Cabinet on 20 December, recommends a new way of working to manage brownfield land resources across the district. The strategy sets out how to prioritise and tackle sites so that they can be redeveloped to deliver new housing and employment opportunities, as well as new infrastructure to support regeneration.

Concerns were raised by councillors, at a meeting of Full Council last year, about the negative impact of some vacant, derelict or contaminated sites. Wakefield's Overview and Scrutiny Committee began work to identify the extent of the issue and look at what could be done to reduce the negative effects of this brownfield land.

Cllr Graham Isherwood, Chair of the Economic Growth and Skills Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: "We now have a clear path towards managing brownfield land resources. At a local level, this will positively encourage the redevelopment of these sites, which are important for providing good quality affordable housing, jobs and growth. It is also aimed at improving the environment and quality of life for local people by eradicating the problem sites that have blighted some local communities."

The new strategy also meets the needs of the recent Housing and Planning Act 2016, which provides obligations for recycling brownfield land sites to provide new homes.

The Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, Cllr Denise Jeffery who is presenting the report said: "The positive actions set out in the strategy will ensure better future management and co-ordination of brownfield sites bringing potential social, economic and environmental benefits for local people."

The Cabinet meeting on 20 December is being held at the Civic Centre in Castleford from 10.30am to 12pm. It is part of the Council's Cabinet on Tour programme, which takes the meetings around the district to make it easier for people to attend. At Cabinet on Tour events residents have an opportunity to ask the panel of Cabinet Members questions at the end of the meeting.

The meeting will be streamed live on the day, or can be seen on the Council's website later. For further information and to watch the video visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/yoursay

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