Housing estate to replace The Village

The Village motel/pub, Castleford Road, Normanton.'w4453a107
The Village motel/pub, Castleford Road, Normanton.'w4453a107
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A MOTEL will be demolished and replaced with a 40-house residential development, if plans get the go-ahead.

The Village, off Castleford Road in Normanton, has seen its trade fall during the past few years could close within the next three months.

Property developers McInerney Homes are due to submit a planning application in the to replace it with affordable housing.

The company claims it will work with Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) to supply homes for low income families.

Normanton Town Council will have its say once plans have been submitted to Wakefield Council, but the initial idea has been backed by leader Barry Smith.

At a meeting last Tuesday he said: “I think it is good news when it is affordable housing. Residents are being consulted and as leader I have received a letter about the proposed development.”

John Sweeting of Sweeting’s Grocers, next to the site, said: “I do not have any objections to it and think it could only help my trade.”

Regional land director Mary Bradfield from McInerney Homes attended a residents association meeting on Wednesday.

She said: “We want to consult local residents about the development before we submit our final plans. People seem to support it in principle.

“The pub is financially on its knees and they have been trying to sell it for some time, but it isn’t viable as a public house.”

The company plans to widen the Castleford Road entrance as well as utilise access off Pontefract Road. They hope to build two, three and four-bed houses, with a split between rented and shared ownership.

A spokesman for WDH said it had not made any agreement and Punch Taverns, which owns the pub, did not comment.

The Village currently includes a pub, 50 cover restaurant and 40-room motel.