Have your say on future plans to develop the district
Local people are being asked to help shape the future of the district by giving their views on an initial draft version of Wakefield Council's Local Plan.
Wakefield Council's draft plan, which will go out to public consultation in the New Year, sets out how the district will develop until 2036 to ensure residents' needs are met in areas such as new jobs, housing, retail, education and the environment.
The Local Plan is a blueprint for the district that will replace the Local Development Framework and will guide development and decision-making on planning applications.
Councillor Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration said: "It's vital that everyone takes the opportunity to give us their views.
"It's your chance to inform our plan and help create a future that will make a positive difference to people's lives. One where investment and prosperity is spread across the district.
"We want to create more jobs, build new homes, improve our town centres and increase the quality of life for all.
"But without an up-to-date plan, development may occur in an area where it is not appropriate and without sufficient benefit to communities."
The Local Plan wants to encourage people to spend time and money in town centres by having a range of shops and leisure and cultural activities on offer, to make them attractive places to visit.
For outdoor activities, recreation and open spaces, the Local Plan provides safeguards to protect green and open spaces in the district. It has policies and sites for sport and leisure facilities and identifies areas for leisure opportunities.
There will be numerous ways to view and comment on the Local Plan and policies. The information will be made available on the Council's website, at Wakefield One Customer Access Point and at the main Council libraries across the district.
Further details, on how to take part in the consultation, will be announced in the New Year.
The consultation will take place from 10 January 2019, for six weeks, finishing on Wednesday 20 February 2019.