The Knottingley masterplan

Watch the short video to learn about the investment Knottingley community has made for its future.

We're investing in Knottingley to help revitalise the community and invest in its future, reshaping it into a vibrant town centre.

Wakefield Council is working with local residents, businesses, and partners to ensure that the plans for Knottingley and Ferrybridge align with the community's needs and preferences.

The Knottingley and Ferrybridge Masterplan is an ambitious plan for regenerating both towns in a sustainable and unified way over the next 15 to 20 years.

This is part of the Knottingley Action Plan which includes over 90 projects to achieve the shared Knottingley Vision of residents and businesses, developed in partnership with the Council.

Its content were informed by a public consultation held in late 2020, the results of which can be read online or downloaded here.

The Council's vision for Wakefield district is a thriving place where people, businesses, and visitors are welcome. Its Economic Strategy prioritises making town centres diverse and revitalised.

The masterplan proposes a new Special Policy Area and major employment site to the south of the town. The Masterplan proposes building a new road, 2,600 homes, around 855,000 square meters of workspaces and more natural areas for people to enjoy.

Green Belt land south of Knottingley may need to be re-designated. This will accommodate the proposals outlined in the Knottingley and Ferrybridge Masterplan. A decision on this is expected in 2022 as part of the new Wakefield Local Plan 2018-2036.

If the current Green Belt land is not re-designated for development, Knottingley's potential for economic growth will be restricted to small residential developments and previously designated employment areas. These will be outlined in the Local Development Framework.

Until the decision is known, a phased approach is proposed as described in the following indicative delivery plan.

Indicative Delivery Plan

2021-2022: Feasibility, Setting the Context & Immediate works

1. strong focus on Hill Top Town Centre
2. in-fill and existing allocated land parcels developed out
3. further communications and consultation
4. funding bids and commencement of detailed design

2023-2025: Phase 1 – post adoption of Wakefield Local Plan

1. opening of 780,000sqm of employment space
2. delivery of around 650 new residential properties

2025-2030: Phase 2 – Subject to major infrastructure funding

1. first stage of new link road built
2. a further 73,000sqm of employment space
3. delivery of around 650 new homes

2030-2036: Phase 3 – Subject to continued infrastructure funding for middle section of link road

1. middle section of new link road completed
2. around 800 new homes

2036 onward: Phase 4 – Final infrastructure - link to former Kellingley Colliery site

1. completion of final section of link road
2. scope for a further 500 new homes

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