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.
More information can be found in our Housing Plan
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