New Wakefield District Local Plan adopted

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The decision was made at today’s meeting of Full Council (24 January) to adopt a new Local Plan.

The plan sets out policies and land allocations for guiding new development and protecting the environment across the district. 

This follows extensive consultation to seek the views of local people and independent examination by a Planning Inspector.

“We’re pleased to have now formally adopted the new Wakefield District Local Plan.

“It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work from the Council, and also a lot of input from local residents across our district. I am grateful to everyone who took part and made their views known to us. 

“Without a Local Plan, communities are unprotected from speculative development. This means that development still happens but too often in inappropriate locations and without the right infrastructure in place.  

“Instead, the plan will enable co-ordinated and sustainable development, unlocking significant investment and supporting the creation of housing and jobs that are needed by the communities in this district.

“It will also make sure developments are well designed and connected to public transport networks, improving transport infrastructure including our highways and walking and cycling routes. 

“Importantly, the Local Plan reflects our commitment to tackling climate change by protecting large swathes of the district from inappropriate and unsustainable development.  

“Where development does take place, developers will be required to enhance biodiversity and produce high quality designs that incorporate sustainable methods of construction. 

“I’m therefore delighted that the plan was endorsed by the independent Planning Inspector, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State and that it has now been formally adopted by the Council.”

Cllr Matthew Morley

Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways

Cllr Matthew Morley
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