10,000 new homes to be built in Wakefield by 2022 - see if they are near you

Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .
Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .

PLANS to build 10,000 new homes in the next 10 years are expected to be approved by councillors next week.

Wakefield Council’s Local Development Framework will go before a cabinet committee on Tuesday.

Coun Geoff Walsh

Coun Geoff Walsh

And it will then go before the full council at a meeting the following Wednesday for final approval.

The plan, which has gone through years of public consultation, includes 1,200 new homes at Snowhill, 900 in Eastmoor and more than 700 at Ashfields, in Normanton.

And it was approved by an independent planning inspector in June.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The council is investing in the future by providing a framework to promote investment and development across the district, therefore boosting the local economy. It will help to provide employment opportunities, affordable housing and protection of the local environment. It also gives developers some certainty about the principle of where development will be considered and where it will not.

“This document has been developed using feedback received from extensive public consultation and has also been approved by a government planning inspector through an independent public examination during the last 12 months.”

Some of the smaller sites set to be developed, including Bedford Farm in Crofton and Ruskin Avenue in Wrenthorpe, remained part of the LDF despite fierce objections from people living nearby.

But there were other sites, such as Trough Well Lane, in Wrenthorpe, that were removed from the plan earlier this year following public backlash.

Developers wanting to build on any of the sites allocated for homes would still need to obtain planning permission before any construction could begin.

And many of the larger projects will be built in phases over a number of years, such as the Wakefield East development in which 100 homes have been planned each year from 2013 until 2022.

Conservative group leader Geoff Walsh urged council bosses to think about traffic congestion and local amenities before approving applications.

He said: “I accept that a lot of time and effort has been put into delivering the LDF, and that it gives a basis to move forward in a number of areas, but there should also be measures put in place to improve or enhance infrastructure prior to giving permission and releasing land for development.”

Homes allocation by area


Batley Road: 176


Wakefield Waterfront: 475

Kirkgate: 275

Ings Road (south of): 271

Ings Road (north of): 122

Borough Road Car Park: 68

Lawefield Lane: 53


Durkar Lane: 200


Bedford Farm: 198

Priory Ridge (east of): 69


Wakefield East: 900

Jacobs Well Lane: 217

Pinderfields Hospital (west of): 193


Flanshaw Lane: 262

Former Flanshaw Children’s Centre: 77


Highfields: 88

Madeley Road (north of): 70


Benton Hill: 65


Dewsbury Road: 424

Milton Crescent: 260

Horbury Road: 134


Newton Hill J&I School (east of): 104

Leeds Road, Newton Hill: 83


Ashfields: 718

Station Road: 203

Wakefield Road: 105


Horbury Road: 117

Storrs Hill Road: 80


Walton Lane: 214


Snowhill: 1,200


Stanley Hall: 204

Aberford Road (south east of): 139


Clayton Hospital: 122


Victoria Way: 99


Ruskin Avenue (north of): 150

Bradford Road (north of): 98

Lindale Lane/Wrenthorpe Lane: 76

Wrenthorpe Lane: 70