Councillors to discuss Local Development Framework at Cabinet Meeting


Ref: PR8438

Senior Councillors are to discuss a document which sets out planning policy for future retail, town centre, leisure, recreation and open space development across the district.

All councils are required to have an up-to-date Local Development Framework (LDF) which provides a blueprint for decision-making on new developments and planning applications.

Members of Wakefield's Cabinet are being asked to approve the district's LDF, which includes local plans, at their meeting at Castleford Civic Centre on Tuesday 20 December.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "The Local Development Framework provides a structure for decision making.  It makes a positive difference to the lives of residents by helping to create jobs, enhancing town centres and improving the quality of the environment."

Within the LDF are local plans for retail and town centre development. This includes policies to encourage retail development in shopping areas in Wakefield and towns in the district. They also encourage the development of local shops and set out policies to promote town centres.

The local plan for leisure, recreation and open space, helps to safeguard green and open spaces in the district. It includes policies and sites for sport and leisure facilities.

Residents are welcome to attend Cabinet on Tour meetings which take place throughout the year at venues across the district.

People can tweet their questions on the day to @mywakefield and councillors will answer as many as possible.

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 after the event visit

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