The Pontefract Masterplan
What is it?
A Masterplan is a long-term planning document that provides a layout to guide future growth and development over a period of several years.
Masterplanning is about making a place stronger by strengthening the connection between buildings, places where people can gather and the environment. A masterplan includes analysis, proposals and recommendations for the economy, housing, transportation, community facilities, and land use in a defined area. It is based among other things on input from the public, surveys of the existing built landscape, planning initiatives and social and economic conditions.
Creation of this plan is an important step in the Council's efforts to realise its Vision for Pontefract. For more information on the Vision and the Action Plan that supports it, use the following links:
What does this mean to me?
In October 2019, Wakefield Council engaged a specialist consultancy firm to undertake a Masterplanning exercise for Pontefract to help us to plan the future of the town and make sure it realises its potential.
The Masterplan, titled 'Reconnecting Pontefract', will seek to address the historical loss of or deterioration to key linkages between Pontefract Town Centre, the surrounding communities and key local assets such as the Castle and the Racecourse as well as emerging assets like the new Leisure Hub under construction in Pontefract Park.
It will do this by focusing on eight intervention areas which surround the town centre and act as a barrier between it and those important local places. These areas are shown in the image below:
In creating a long term plan for these areas, the Council hopes to find a solution to problematic parts of the town, such as the currently vacant dispensary site off Southgate formerly occupied by the old hospital.
Through the Masterplan, the Council is looking to introduce bold, visionary and transformational change to Pontefract in order to safeguard its heritage and unique offer within the Wakefield district while making sure that it can meet the challenges of the 21st century.
How can I get involved?
The views of the people who live, work and visit Pontefract are a crucial part of the Masterplanning process. We want to hear what you think about Pontefract and how we might improve it. It is important that any changes work for those who spend time there.
The first opportunity to have your say was a two week public consultation event held in Pontefract Library from Saturday 8 February until Sunday 23 February 2020. To help you to understand our progress, the materials provided as part of that first consultation (which helped us build the foundation for our current proposals) are still available under 'Downloads' on the right of this page.
A second, mainly virtual, consultation began on Monday 6 July 2020 and ran for 2 months. A new set of materials were produced to outline our refined proposals and these can also be found under 'Downloads'. Feedback mechanisms for this consultation included four webinars hosted on Zoom by our consultants, the publication of a 'Commonplace' tool which allowed residents to leave comments on an interactive map of the town and a survey monkey questionnaire.
Please remember as you read the information provided that any changes will take place over the next 5, 10 or 15 years (and perhaps longer). The process will be gradual and we are by no means expecting things to be suddenly different.
Our second consultation period ended on Monday 1 September 2020. Thank you to all those who provided input, local view are key to the shaping of the final plan. The consultants (Nash Partnership) are now working through the feedback and using it to further refine our ideas for the future of Pontefract.
A presentation of the final Masterplan will take place later in the year, with details provided nearer the time.
If you’d like to discuss the Pontefract Masterplan with an officer, you should contact the Regeneration team.
As the team are currently working remotely in a variety of locations due to the Coronavirus epidemic, an email will be the most effective way of getting in touch with them. The address you need is: