Information and latest news

October 2020

Publication Draft Local Plan consultation now open for comment. 

Consultation will take place for 6 weeks starting Thursday 29 October until 5pm Wednesday 2020.  The consultation is now extended until the 31 December 2020 for those who cannot use the online methods.

There is a separate Sustainability Appraisal event to view.

Amendments have been made to the Local Plan from Initial Draft Plan consultation. There is a key changes leaflet to help.  For more information visit the Local Plan page or the Consultation Portal. 

At this stage in the plan making process you can comment on how the plan has been prepared, whether it has been prepared in accordance with the regulations and if it is Sound. 

The new Local Plan for Wakefield will guide investment and growth up to 2036, as well as safeguard and improve the environment. 

September 2019

Following consultation on the applications to designate a Wrenthorpe Neighbourhood Forum and Wrenthorpe Neighbourhood Area in June/July 2019, the Council has made the following designations:

Wrenthorpe Neighbourhood Forum – designated on 12 September 2019

Wrenthorpe Neighbourhood Area – designated on 18 September 2019

The Forum’s Constitution and a map identifying the area and boundary of the Wrenthorpe Neighbourhood Area are available to view and download from the Wrenthorpe Neighbourhood Plan page

June 2019

Consultation took place for 6 weeks from Thursday 20 June until 5pm Wednesday 31 July 2019 on the applications to designate a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area for Wrenthorpe. Visit the Wrenthorpe Neighbourhood Plan webpage for more information. 

January 2019

Consultation on the Initial Draft Local Plan took place for 6 weeks from Thursday 10 January to Wednesday 20 February 2019. This followed the Early Engagement consultation in October / December 2017.  The Initial Draft Plan proposed new and amended policies, including site policies in two volumes, to secure growth, investment and sustainable development across the district and protect and improve the environment.

April 2018

Following Early Engagement consultation carried out during October to December 2017, advice and comments were sought from technical consultees within and external to the Council, to help develop proposed sites options for the Initial Draft Local Plan.  

February 2018

Adoption of new Supplementary Planning Documents

The Wakefield District Residential Design Guide was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) by the Council on 31 January 2018. The Wakefield City Centre Urban Design Framework was adopted as an SPD on 4 October 2017. Both these documents are material considerations when determining relevant planning applications. The documents can be viewed on the SPD webpage.

Adoption of a new Statement of Community Involvement

The new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was adopted by the Council on 22 November 2017. The SCI explains how the Council will engage with people and organisations when preparing Local Plans and Supplementary Planning Documents, considering planning applications, working with communities on Neighbourhood Plans, and updating the Community Infrastructure Levy. The document is available on the SCI webpage.

December 2017

Brownfield Land Register

The council has now produced a Brownfield Land Register in line with the The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017.

October 2017

Wakefield District Local Plan 2036 - Early Engagement 

Wakefield Council in 2017 began preparing a new Local Plan to guide the future growth and protection of Wakefield District up to 2036. Early Engagement consultation took place for 6 weeks from Thursday 26 October to Wednesday 6 December 2017, it sough views on the key issues facing the district and proposed some initial options for growth.

April 2016

Walton Neighbourhood Plan

Walton Neighbourhood Development Plan was formally adopted (made) by Wakefield Council on 13 April 2016. 

The Plan now forms part of the district's Development Plan and will be taken in to consideration when determining planning applications within the parish of Walton.

January 2016

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council approved the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule on 20 January 2016. The charges have been implemented from 1 April 2016.

Current adopted Local Plan documents

Further information and supporting background documents can be viewed on the Adopted Local Plan pages. The Council has adopted a series of planning guidance documents to supplement policies in the Local Plan.

Archive Documents

UDP Policies

Wakefield Development Plan Policies

Guide to the Wakefield Local Development Framework

UDP Inspector's Report

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