New flats planned for old Wakefield town hall

Wakefield Old Town Hall - nostalgia april 1979
Wakefield Old Town Hall - nostalgia april 1979

THE city’s former town hall is to become the setting for new flats.

The building on Crown Court yard, behind the current town hall on Wood Street, has been under development for the past 12 years.

In 2000 planning permission was granted to turn it into offices with a bar restaurant in the basement.

Office spaces on the ground and first floor are now occupied, but owners Linfit Investments Ltd has been unable to sell offices on the second floor.

And nobody has come forward to take on the bar.

So this week plans have been submitted to turn the basement and second floor into two large flats.

The application is being represented by Townsend Planning Consultants.

Michael Townsend said it was being made as there were too many office units in the city.

He said: “The proposal will bring the whole building back into beneficial use.

“There is an over-supply of offices in Wakefield. We have had four years of trying to market the offices, as well as 12 years marketing a bar restaurant, and no-one has come forward.”

The building was constructed as assembly rooms in 1801 and was used as a theatre and dance hall until 1841.

It was bought by the council and used as a town hall until 1877.

It was then used by private businesses and the council as office until the 1990s, when it was sold to Linfit Investments Ltd.