Consultation opens on future plans to develop the district
A public consultation inviting local people to help shape the future of the district will start this week – on Thursday 10 January.
Wakefield Council is encouraging everyone to give their views on an initial draft of the Local Plan. The initial draft plan 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. It will replace the Local Development Framework and be a guide for future development and decision-making on planning applications.
Councillor Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, and Regeneration, said: "We have drawn up some great plans on the future of the district and now we want to hear what you think of them.
"I would urge all of you to take the time to let us know. This plan is important in creating a future where investment and prosperity is spread across the district.
"We want to create thriving town centres which are attractive places to visit. We want you to have recreation and leisure facilities where you can relax and enjoy yourselves whilst protecting our green and open spaces."
Residents can view and comment on the Initial Draft Local Plan from Thursday at www.wakefield.gov.uk/wdlp2036
It will also be available at Wakefield One Customer Access Point and at the main Council libraries across the district.
The consultation starts on Thursday 10 January 2019 and will be open for six weeks, finishing on Wednesday 20 February 2019.