Local Plan 2036 aims to publish early 2020

01/10/2019, PR-9188

Wakefield Eastern Relief Road during construction
Wakefield Eastern Relief Road during construction

A blueprint to guide sustainable development and inclusive economic growth across the Wakefield district is being finalised for publication.

Members of Cabinet, at their meeting on 8 October, are being asked to recommend Council to approve the publication of the Draft Wakefield District Local Plan 2036 and submit it to the Secretary of State.

The draft has been developed after extensive consultation with statutory agencies, such as the Highways England, Environment Agency and Historic England as well as key organisations and local stakeholders.

The draft plan includes the provision of 1,400 new homes each year until 2036 to satisfy Government’s annual housing delivery requirements. It also includes allocation of an additional 290 hectares of employment land.

New additions also include designating Newstead View in Fitzwilliam as a housing site and allocating land at Junction 39 M1 at Durkar as a Special Policy Area for employment and housing.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

A copy of the Cabinet paper detailing the 29 amendments to the previous draft can be read online.

If approved, the next stage would be to publish the document in early 2020, after which it will be available for scrutiny by the public of Wakefield.

After it is published there will be a six-week consultation period during which time there is the opportunity to make representation to the Council about the ‘soundness’ of the plan.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “It is absolutely necessary that we have a Local Plan as the blueprint to future-proof our district so that we can continue to realise economic growth and development. I believe that we have found the right mix of components in this draft to make this happen but we will consider any representation during the consultation period to make it more robust, if possible.”

The Cabinet meeting takes place on Tuesday 8 October at 10.30 am in Wakefield Town Hall. The meeting can be watched live or later at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream