Matching the supply of homes with the demand from households
We aim to ensure that the supply of homes in the district can meet the demand from local households. The number of households in the district is growing, and by 2031 it is estimated that there will be 42,000 more households than there are now.
The meet this growing demand, we have set ourself a target of enabling 1,600 new homes to be built each year.
We also have to assess what types of new homes are going to be needed, based on population change. We know that the percentage of older people in our local population is growing, and that there are more smaller households, and this means we need to increase the supply of homes suitable for and attractive to these types of household.
Where will new homes be built?
There are locations identified for new homes across the district. The majority of new homes will be built in and close to Wakefield city centre, Normanton, Knottingley, Featherstone, Pontefract, Castleford and in the south east of the district.
For more information on new homes in the South East of the district please click here.
More new affordable homes
The Council works with Registered Housing Providers in the district to enable new affordable rented homes to be built, supported by the national Affordable Housing Programme funds. New affordable rented homes are also secured through the Council's planning powers on private housing schemes. Overall our target is that 30% of all new homes built in the district are affordable.
For more information about finding a new affordable home please click here.
More homes for private rent
Since 2001 the number of people in the district living in a private rented home has increased from 6,600 to 16,000. As it has become more difficult to access mortgages, and to get a rented home from a Registered Housing Provider, more people are choosing to rent privately, and more investors are buying and renting out homes. Renting privately can be more flexible and convenient for some people.
The Responsible Landlord scheme can connect you with accredited landlords in the district. For more information about renting privately please click here.