New hotel for Wakefield city centre?

Civic Quarter in Wakefield

Civic Quarter in Wakefield

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A HOTEL could be built in the city centre according to new plans that will go out to public consultation next week.

Last month the Express reported Wakefield Council’s ‘masterplan’ for regenerating the civic quarter area.

And the current police station building on Wood Street and multi-storey car park on Rishworth Street have been labelled as possible sites for a new hotel, on plans that will be on display in Wakefield Town Hall from Monday.

Plans are already in place to turn Bretton Hall into a luxury hotel and to build another close to Westgate train station.

Council bosses have begun discussions with property owners about buying some of the buildings in the civic quarter area so that they can be restored.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The plans to regenerate the civic quarter will encourage further economic growth in the district by increasing employment opportunities.

“We welcome your views on the plans and I encourage everyone to come and have their say on the proposals.”

The old Crown Court building, that has stood empty on Wood Street for many years, will be considered for use as a civic building.

And the current West Yorkshire Archives building, on Newstead Road, has been suggested to be used for educational or residential purposes.

The building was deemed ‘not fit for purpose’ in a review last year, and the archives will move to a new site in the Kirkgate area if funding can be secured.

Some of the regeneration work is already underway.

The Wakefield College site and old city museum buildings are being renovated, with the latter set to be used for students’ performing arts shows.

And a new public space opposite County Hall, called Coronation Gardens, opened in June.

A public exhibition of the ‘masterplan’ will be held in the town hall foyer until Friday.

And for those who cannot attend, details are available on the council website and comments can be emailed to 
majorprojects@wakefield.gov.uk until Friday, September 14.

Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk for more details.