Castleford Town Taskforce

Castleford SRF Consultation

Help shape the future of Castleford Town Centre. 

The Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) will set a Vision for Castleford and guide the efforts of both the Taskforce and the Council in the coming years. We're asking for your help to make sure we get this right.

For more information and to have your say, click here.

It is an exciting time for Castleford as the town has been selected as one of 101 towns able to take part in the application process for the Towns Fund. A successful application to the Fund, referred to as a Town Deal, will allow the Council and its partners to deliver transformative projects in the town.

This funding will help to increase economic growth with a focus on regeneration, improved transport, better broadband connectivity, skills and culture.

The objective of the Fund is to drive the economic regeneration of towns to deliver long term economic and productivity growth through: 

Urban regeneration, planning and land use: ensuring towns are thriving places for people to live and work, including by: increasing density in town centres; strengthening local economic assets including local cultural assets; site acquisition, remediation, preparation, regeneration; and making full use of planning tools to bring strategic direction and change. 

Skills and enterprise infrastructure: driving private sector investment and ensuring towns have the space to support skills and small business development 

Connectivity: developing local transport schemes that complement regional and national networks, as well as supporting the delivery of improved digital connectivity. 

The Towns Fund prospectus is available here.

A Castleford Town Taskforce, led by the private sector, has been set up to act as the vehicle through which the vision and strategy for the town is defined. The Taskforce has produced a Town Investment Plan (TIP) and, now that a Town Deal has successfully been secured, will lead the delivery of the projects outlined in the Plan.. More information on the Castleford Taskforce is available below.

What does this mean to me?

The Towns Fund bid was successful and the Council will now work closely with the Taskforce to deliver the projects detailed in the TIP. The TIP details four projects which the Taskforce feels will have a real, positive impact on the town. In brief, these are:

  • Castleford Riverside – Creating a new leisure destination next to the river;
  • Castleford Boho – Improving the shopping district, particularly on Sagar Street;
  • Heart of Castleford – Creating a new centrepiece for the town centre, with space for events; and
  • Castleford Connections – Signage, wayfinding and improvements to urban greening to help people get around Castleford.

Over the next 12 months, the Taskforce will lead work to formalise these projects, all of which need to be delivered by 2025.

How do I get involved?

We believe it is vital for the people of Castleford to be part of this process to ensure that we can find out what they love about their place and how they want to see it meet the needs of the present and the future. 

You can find out more about how we are engaging with residents here.

There will be various public consultations throughout the life of Castleford’s Towns Fund projects. Watch this space for news from Taskforce meetings and information about future ways to get involved.

Taskforce meeting agendas

Castleford Taskforce Agenda Meeting 1 - 24 Jan 20
Castleford Taskforce AgendaMeeting 2 - 13 Mar 20
Castleford Taskforce Agenda Meeting 3 - 1 July 20
Castleford Taskforce Agenda Meeting 4 - 7 Aug 20
Castleford Taskforce Agenda Meeting 5 - 18 Sep 20
Castleford Taskforce Agenda Meeting 6 - 13 Nov 20
Please Note: The Taskforce meeting to be held in May (10) was cancelled and did not go ahead, therefore there are no documents available for this meeting.
Please Note: The Taskforce meeting to be held in May (10) was cancelled and did not go ahead, therefore there are no documents available for this meeting.
Castleford TIP Exec Summary - 19 Mar 21

Taskforce Member Profiles

Yvette Cooper MP - Member of Parliament

About yourself:

I’m the Member of Parliament for Castleford. My office is in Queen’s Mill and Ed and I have lived in Castleford for over 20 years. Although I have to be in Parliament during the week, we try to get to Cas Tigers games whenever we can.

Why does Castleford matter to you? 

Castleford is a great town with strong communities and a proud history. Our market and town centre still attract far more people than many towns our size. We have great local pride; in our rugby playing from schools to Tigers, as well as our industrial heritage. The regeneration around Queens Mill, the bridge and the river show the beauty around the town. But for too long our town hasn’t had a fair deal as services and investment has been cut. With more people moving into Cas, we must make sure it’s a great place for the next generation to grow up and enjoy.

Christopher Noble – Chair of the Castleford Taskforce

Organisation: D Noble Ltd

About yourself:

I was born in Wakefield, raised in Castleford and Fairburn. I was educated in Castleford. After leaving school I briefly flirted with an electrical apprenticeship and then went on to study a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship which I successfully completed and I then progressed through various roles within D Noble Ltd and other companies, commencing with Trade Foreman, Site Manager, Contracts Manager and ultimately to my present role as Managing Director of D Noble Ltd group of companies. A role which I have held for the last 26 years.

Why does Castleford matter to you? 

Although I no longer live in Castleford I have spent the whole of my working life working in and around the Castleford area. Indeed our offices have been in Castleford in excess of 50 years. It is a good location from which to run our business as we can get to certain areas of Leeds and other cities faster than those people in the city centres trying to get out of the city to the outskirts. I am passionate about Castleford and I want to see the area grow and be successful and I think as a river side town it needs to improve and I do not see why to some degree it could not be a riverside destination the same as Knaresborough. We need a lively river frontage with a café ice cream scene that can be enjoyed certainly in the summer.

Contact us

Towns Team

Regeneration and Economic Growth
Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700

0345 8 506 506