£50million plan for the revitalisation of Knottingley
A people-inspired vision and action plan are set to be implemented to revitalise Knottingley, get hundreds of people into work, provide thousands of new homes and revitalise the town centre.
Of the more than 90 projects designed to revitalise the town, nearly two-thirds are targeted to be delivered within two years, amounting to an investment of more than £3million. The full ten-year vision will see an investment of more than £50million, whilst the land use proposals in the new Local Plan of up to 2,500 new homes and more than 200 ha of new employment land.
Among the first projects is a bespoke, employment and skills programme designed to improve local residents' opportunities to develop new skills and build confidence to progress in work. The project will support those in work to gain qualifications and identify progression opportunities which will enable them to progress into higher work. It will also support those out of work to improve confidence, particularly developing basic skills and English for Speakers of other languages in order to gain work or engage in further education. The project aims to improve the financial stability of households and develop a stronger community with sustained job prospects and higher level skills. This will be rolled out in Knottingley as a pilot this year and then across the district in 2020. This programme will work with 450 residents over two years with the goal of getting at least 110 people into work or learning.
Two other projects are the creation of a masterplan for Knottingley and Ferrybridge, which will become the blueprint for future development, and a £1.075million extension and refurbishment to the Kellingley Sports Pavilion. The refurbishment will include an extension to provide multi-use community space and skills space.
At their March meeting, Cabinet is being asked to approve the Knottingley Vision and Action Plan, the Knottingley and Ferrybridge masterplan and money for the Kellingley Sports Pavilion upgrade.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "The Knottingley Vision and Action Plan were developed together with residents, businesses and students. It was designed around what this community told us they needed and informed by their aspirations for the future.
"The challenges are complex but I am confident that this plan will see a transformation of Knottingley into a vibrant place in which to live, work and enjoy leisure activities, achieving many successes for the people, businesses and the place."
Key elements of the plan include:
- Achieving financial stability of residents by helping hundreds of people into work or education;
- Planning for up to 2,500 new homes and more than 200 ha of new employment land;
- Diversifying the town centre and improving the night time economy;
- Remodelling business support to grow companies that would make the biggest impact in the district;
- Providing for a range of business spaces that would encourage companies to invest in and relocate to the area