Wakefield shortlisted to become one of the first housing zones

​Date: 08/01/2015

We have become one of 29 areas to be shortlisted to become one of the first housing zones in the UK.

From these 29 areas, 10 will be shortlisted to receive funding by the Government's Homes and Communities agency.

A joint bid for £8 million has been put in by developers Castleford Energy Village and Wakefield Council.

If successful, it could see 1200 homes being built on the former Hickson and Welch chemical plant and the former Nestle factory based in Castleford. Plans are subject to approval from the Council's planning committee.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "I am thrilled that Wakefield has been shortlisted for the first housing zone in the UK.

"If we are among the final 10, this will bring much needed regeneration to the Castleford area as well as providing homes for families in the district, helping to boost our local economy and creating various jobs for people in the area.

"I am pleased we are able to work with the Castleford Energy Village to put through this bid and I am eagerly anticipating the next stage of this project."

The application also includes plans to bring 75 acres of brownfield land back into use and create new green spaces and an attractive waterfront.This forms part of the Castleford Growth Delivery Plan – a long term vision by the Council to regenerate the area, including plans being drawn up for a new Link Road and the new Castleford Bus Station which opens later this year.