Council plans to lease land to The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust
decision makers are to consider leasing land adjacent to the award-winning
Hepworth Wakefield to help bring the Gallery’s Garden Project to life and aid
the future development of the Wakefield Waterfront area.
The Council’s Cabinet is being asked to lease the land, situated between Tootal
Street and Gallery Walk, to The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Trust for it to be
used for The Hepworth Garden Project. If approved, a 30 year lease would be
granted at a peppercorn rent.
The Hepworth gallery has an international high profile attracting around 2
million visitors since it opened in 2011. The development of the garden as an
attraction in its own right will help bring even more visitors into the
Wakefield Waterfront and surrounding areas.
The completion of the lease will enable the Trust to access Arts Council
funding and other relevant funding programmes necessary to deliver this
Cllr Denise Jeffery,
Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said:
“The Wakefield Waterfront area is an important historic site in the city and
this project will help support its redevelopment into a key creative hub in the
“By leasing this area of land at a peppercorn rent we can help support the
project to thrive and flourish. It will not only support The Hepworth Wakefield
but complement the forthcoming Rutland Mills regeneration project, seeing the
area become a significant cultural destination.”
The Hepworth Riverside Gallery Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, aims to be
an inspiring free public space for the residents of Wakefield, visitors and
families. It will provide a place for residents and visitors to enjoy and
explore beautiful landscaping, discover sculpture and visit temporary
The report notes that the garden project will complement the Council’s master
plan for existing uses and future development of the Waterfront area.
The plans will be discussed at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 6
November at 10.30am. The meeting will be live-streamed, and then available to
watch again later, at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream