Five Towns and South East

The Five Towns Regeneration area covers Castleford, Pontefract, Knottingley, Featherstone and Normanton. The South East Regeneration area runs from the outskirts of Wakefield down to Hemsworth, South Kirkby and South Elmsall. Our aim is to work in partnership with local communities, businesses, developers and voluntary groups to deliver quality regeneration schemes which will inspire and encourage new investment into the Five Towns and South East areas.

Regeneration activity in the Five Towns and South East evolves from the Urban Renaissance Initiative 2005, the Council's Local Development Framework, the Site Specific Policies Local Plan and priorities in the Jobs and Growth Plan. Key priorities are:


In Castleford, we are supporting the town’s evolution into an even better place to work, live and visit by working in partnership with local communities, businesses, developers and voluntary groups to deliver quality regeneration schemes which will inspire and encourage new investment.

Castleford Masterplan

The Aire River Growth Corridor Masterplan was adopted in 2018 to provide a clear and transparent strategy for future growth along the corridor.

Through collaboration with local land owners and businesses the team will deliver high quality sustainable housing growth and employment in the Aire River Growth Corridor (ARGC) making Castleford an attractive, vibrant and environmentally friendly town where people will choose to live, work and set up business, and spend their free time. We believe this is a positive step for Castleford that will bring much needed houses and jobs to the area and bring back into use brownfield sites that have stood derelict for years.

Town's Fund

Castleford has been selected as one of the 101 towns chosen to take part in the application process for the Town’s Fund. 

The objective of the Town’s Fund is to drive the economic regeneration of towns to deliver long term economic and productivity growth through skills, connectivity, urban regeneration, planning and land use.

We have created a Castleford Town Taskforce which will be the vehicle through which the vision and strategy for the town is defined. The Taskforce will produce a Town Investment Plan and inform the Town Deal. More information on the Taskforce and the Town’s Fund is available here.


  • Beginning redevelopment of the Girnhill Lane estate to promote regeneration of the town
  • Supporting improvements to the public realm and commercial developments within the town centre to enhance its vitality and commercial viability
  • Improving transport links between the town and key employment sites in the area, including delivery of the Green Lane link

Knottingley Vision 2029

The Knottingley Vision has drawn on extensive public engagement, consultation and partnership working with a variety of local residents, businesses and community groups to develop a strategic set of ambitions that will revitalise the town. Helping local people to up-skill and encouraging residential, commercial and economic growth will improve employment opportunities and build on the proud community spirit of the area.

We want the future Knottingley to be a successful place and a home to successful people and successful businesses.

The Knottingley Action Plan defines a number of short, medium and long term planned projects, to be delivered by several different organisations, which aim to achieve the vision we and the local people of Knottingley want for the future.

Knottingley and Ferrybridge

  • Supporting the proposals for supermarket development at The Close
  • Initiating plans for the Hill Top Leisure Area
  • Supporting the environmental improvements and early infrastructure works required to begin new housing and employment development on the former Oxiris site


  • Supporting improvements and developments that actively contribute to the vitality and viability of Normanton town centre including Normanton Depot
  • Highway and traffic improvements to support key housing and employment development
  • Town centre environmental improvement schemes
  • Railway Station area improvements

Pontefract Vision 2028

The Pontefract Vision provides an overview of shared aspirations for the future of Pontefract, and will provide a strategic steer for future projects. This follows on from the 2007 Masterplan for Pontefract town centre. It has been produced by Wakefield Council in collaboration with WDH and Pontefract Civic Society.

Aims of the Vision:

By 2028 we want Pontefract to be:

  • A cultural destination
  • Well- connected

By 2028 we want Pontefract to have:

  • A vibrant town centre
  • Sustainable communities
  • Healthy happy residents

The Pontefract Action Plan sets out the delivery of the Vision. It sets out planned and proposed projects in the short, medium and long term.

Full updates on our progress against the Action Plan are published annually:

Paper copies of the Vision are available to read in Pontefract Library.

The Pontefract E-Newsletter is produced quarterly and provides the latest update on Action Plan progress.

South East area

Westfield Lane improvement area

The Master Planning exercise for the Westfield Lane Improvement Area undertaken in 2006 and a review undertaken in 2010 identified the potential to deliver in the region of 700 new homes within the improvement area over a 10-15 year period.

The Council’s Strategic Housing Services are working in partnership with Keepmoat and Together Housing Group (Chevin) to bring forward quality new homes for sale and affordable rent to formerly cleared sites.

Frickley housing development

Keepmoat are now building high specification new homes on their ‘Brimstone’ site which forms the boundary with Frickley country park.

A mix of 190 new 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed homes will meet the following national design standards:

  • Building for life
  • Code for sustainable homes level 4
  • Lifetime homes
  • HCA space standards

The show homes have now opened for viewing and it is anticipated that the development will complete by the end of 2017.

New sports facilities

The Frickley Pavillion Partnership has secured £660k to develop new sports changing facilities adjacent Frickley Country Park.

Planning approval is in place and construction is expected to commence in early 2015. The Partnership is a collaboration between Frickley Athletic Football Club, South Elmsall Town Council and the junior amateur teams in the town.

The new pavilion has been designed to FA and Sport England standards and will provide changing, shower and toilet facilities for players and officials, with provision for disabled users, and a large social space with a kitchen that can be used for a host of community group activities as well as for post-match refreshments.

Gordon Place / Victor Street

Together Housing Group (Chevin) are building a new 67 home Extra Care housing scheme.

The Extra Care scheme called Frickley Mews will have communal areas including a bistro and hair dressers and will be ready for its first new residents in October 2015.
In addition there will be 45 new houses for affordable renting which are due to complete by March 2015.

Westfield Lane junction improvements, South Elmsall

Highway improvement works on the High Street/Barnsley Road junction are now complete. The improvements have reduced queuing and delay at the junction and will ensure that the predicted traffic flows are accommodated.

For further information about Regeneration projects in the Five Towns and South East areas, please get in touch using the 'Contact Us' details.​

Contact us

Regeneration Team

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

01924 306630