What We Do

Creating a new and vibrant Wakefield District

Wakefield Council recognises that transforming the places where we live, work and play to pave the way for a better tomorrow remains important despite the challenging economic climate. In recent years, the Council has successfully delivered a range of important projects including: The Hepworth gallery , Trinity Walk shopping centre and the first phases of the Merchant Gate Business Park and City Fields housing development.

These achievements are made possible through the Council's unwavering commitment to prioritising economic development and also to working in partnership with developers, funders and the local community.

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

The service aims to enhance and regenerate areas through:

  • developing masterplans and delivery plans for specific parts of the District and coordinating regeneration activity against those plans;

  • working with and supporting landowners and developers to bring forward new development;
  • driving the delivery of a range of projects including environmental improvements;
  • working with Corporate Landlord colleagues to buy strategically important land and property to aid the transformation of our towns and other places; and
  • securing funding to support our various initiatives such as the Heritage Action Zone scheme for Wakefield (£1.9million) and the Streets for People project for Pontefract (£1million).

We work closely with other Council services, the local community and private developers in order to deliver this agenda as well as maintaining partnerships with a range of local, regional and national bodies, including:

Our Vision to 2025 highlights how we aim to continue to capitalise on the district's strengths and successes over the coming years.

It sees Wakefield as a home to major international businesses, world class culture and great connectivity, making our district the perfect place for business to invest.

Our Vision also outlines our ambitious plans to improve the district for everyone who uses it. By working with partners across a wide range of sectors, we will make Wakefield a great place to invest, work and live.

The Council's Regeneration efforts are an investment in the future of our District. Improving and building a more vibrant District underpins many of the Council's strategic aims and directly supports delivery of the Economic Strategy and the Housing Plan.

The Regeneration Service is split into two teams, one covering Wakefield City and its immediate surroundings while the other concentrates on the district's towns, as shown in the following graphics:

A selection of projects each of the teams are currently working on is:

The City Team

  • Civic Quarter Masterplan
  • Kirkgate Masterplan
  • Merchant Gate development
  • Wakefield Waterfront development
  • Westgate Heritage Action Zone

The Towns Team

  • Delivering Masterplans in Castleford, Pontefract & Knottingley
  • Leading Action Plans in Knottingley, Pontefract & Normanton
  • Supporting Castleford Housing Growth Zone
  • Supporting the district's Enterprise Zones (including South Kirkby Business Park)
  • Preparing business cases & funding bids to deliver a variety of improvements across our towns
  • Facilitating & coordinating with partners to deliver major regeneration schemes like those organised through the Warwick Ahead Partnership in Knottingley

For further information about the Regeneration Service or to discuss any element of the content of our pages, please feel free get in touch using the details below:

Contact us

Regeneration Team

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

01924 306630