Regeneration Service

Creating a new and vibrant Wakefield District


Wakefield Council continues to drive forward key regeneration schemes despite the current economic climate. Recent years have seen the delivery of some important and prestigious projects including The Hepworth Wakefield, Trinity Walk and the first phases of the Merchant Gate development.

These major developments are a result of Wakefield Council's commitment to making economic development a priority and to working in partnership with developers, funders and the local community.

Wakefield Council is committed to delivering further development and regeneration activity in order to invest in the future. Improving and building a more vibrant District is at the heart of Wakefield Council's work.

The Wakefield District Jobs and Growth Plan has been prepared with the Wakefield Enterprise Partnership and this identifes the next regeneration priorities for the District.

Regeneration work is currently focused on two Priority Regeneration Areas. These areas, and the projects within each, are:

  • Wakefield City
    • Civic Quarter Master Plan
    • Kirkgate Master Plan
    • Merchant Gate
    • Wakefield Waterfront
  • Five Towns and South East
    • Castleford
    • Featherstone
    • Knottingley
    • Normanton
    • Pontefract
    • South Elmsall
    • South Kirkby Business Park

For more details on the above, see the appropriate page within this section. More information about developments in Wakefield city centre is also available on our Central Wakefield area action plan page.

The Regeneration Service forms part of the Council's Economic Growth & Housing Service, along with the Economic Development and Strategic Housing Services. It focuses on the delivery of physical regeneration projects in the regeneration priority areas across the District in the context of the Council's Local Development Framework.

The service will enhance and regenerate areas through:

  • Developing master plans and delivery plans for specific parts of the District, and co-ordinating regeneration activity
  • Working with and supporting landowners and developers to bring forward new development, sometimes as development partner
  • Acting as lead or client for a range of projects including environmental improvements
  • Buying strategic land and property for regeneration purposes
  • Looking for funding to support regeneration activity

The Regeneration Service works closely with other Council services, the local community and private developers in order to deliver this agenda. It also works in partnership with a range of local, regional and national bodies including:

  • Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR)
  • Wakefield Enterprise Partnership
  • Homes and Communities Agency
  • Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
  • Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Canals & Rivers Trust

For further information about the Regeneration Service, please get in touch using the 'Contact Us' details.​

Contact us

Regeneration Team

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

01924 306630