Almost 10,000 new homes for Wakefield?

Wrenthorpe residents have started a petition against plans for 700 homes.'Gary Milner, Cathy Mosley, Jeanette Durham, Paul Jamieson, Oliver Newman, Caroline Tompkins and Rachel Cunningham

Wrenthorpe residents have started a petition against plans for 700 homes.'Gary Milner, Cathy Mosley, Jeanette Durham, Paul Jamieson, Oliver Newman, Caroline Tompkins and Rachel Cunningham

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NEARLY 10,000 new homes will be built across the city if a land use plan is adopted.

The homes would be built within the next 10 years as part of Wakefield Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF).

The biggest proposals include 1,200 new homes at Snowhill, 900 in Eastmoor and more than 700 at Ashfields, in Normanton.

But smaller housing plans, such as at Bedford Farm in Crofton and Ruskin Avenue in Wrenthorpe, have also been approved despite objections.

The plans have gone through several years of public consultation and have now been approved by an independent planning inspector.

And the final document will be considered by a council cabinet committee in September.

Developers have already submitted plans to build 200 homes at Bedford Farm, despite a petition from people living nearby.

They feared the extra houses would cause problems with flooding and traffic, and would put more pressure on schools, GP surgeries and policing.

Coun Maureen Cummings, who represents the Crofton ward, said she objected to the site being included in the LDF and would continue her protests against the latest plans submitted by Provincial Land Developments Ltd.

Plans for homes at Trough Well Lane, in Wrenthorpe, were removed from the LDF earlier this year following objections. But there are still plans for around 300 homes at other sites in the village.

Coun Betty Liles, who represents Wrenthorpe, said: “I think people are happy that the Trough Well Lane site was removed, as it means there will be about 40 per cent less housing than we were facing at first.”

Deputy council leader Coun Denise Jeffery, responsible for regeneration, said the planning inspector’s approval was “good news”.

She said: “Wakefield is at the forefront of local authorities for ensuring plans are in place and we look forward to creating the jobs and homes which are much needed for the overall wellbeing and prosperity for the whole district and unlock significant investment into jobs and growth.”

All housing schemes will be subject to planning permission being granted, and development on many of the sites will take place in phases.

The Wakefield East plan will involve more than 100 homes a year being built in Eastmoor and Stanley.