Further investment in Kirkgate regeneration
Cllr Peter Box at Chantry House
Wakefield Council has committed to further investment to help kick start its latest ambitious plans to regenerate the Kirkgate area of the city.
The Council has purchased the derelict office building, Chantry House, and later this year it will be demolished along with the derelict Snooty Fox, to prepare the area for re-development. This will unlock land for a proposed housing development that would create up to 80 new homes.
Discussions are underway with several house builders who are interested in this exciting opportunity and the Council is in the process of securing external grant funding to support this major city development.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
The plans have been welcomed by Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, who said: "This is great news for Kirkgate and represents another important step forward for the area and for the local community.
"It's an exciting prospect, subject to the usual planning consents, of new homes being created in this part of the city which supports our long term goals to achieve growth and prosperity for our district.
"Kirkgate is a key gateway into the city and our regeneration plans will help to support additional investment in the city, thanks, in part, to its close proximity to The Hepworth and to the emerging Rutland Mills development."
Demolition work is programed to start in the summer and be completed before the end of the year.
If planning permission is approved work on the new homes is expected to begin in 2021.
Other regeneration work in Kirkgate has included the completion of a £6million scheme to improve roads and pavements for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The new infrastructure was put in place to support future development and investment in this part of the city.
In recent years there have been other major improvements to the Kirkgate area with the refurbishment of the train station and the opening of the new West Yorkshire History Centre which holds the West Yorkshire archives.
The Council's ambition is to bring additional investment into the city.
Wakefield Council is also continuing to work with a developer to bring forward the redevelopment of Rutland Mills. Work is expected to start this autumn to transform the mills, bringing space for creative industries, bars and restaurants, near The Hepworth Wakefield. A new car park for tenants and visitors to Rutland Mills is due to open in May.