Railway station, old crown court and Bretton Hall on Wakefield Council’s regeneration list

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The modernisation of Kirkgate railway station is among regeneration schemes to be carried out by Wakefield Council.

Plans to upgrade the station and redevelop the surrounding area is included in a list of projects in the council’s capital programme.

Council bosses also want to restore the old Crown Court building on Wood Street and carry out regeneration work on the city’s waterfront.

Councillors will be asked to approve the regeneration schemes at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “Regeneration continues to be priority for us as we drive forward investment in our district and I am pleased with all the projects outlined in this report.

“We want Wakefield to be a great place for people to live, work and invest in.

“These plans will continue to support our long-term goals to make the district a thriving hub of activity for everyone to enjoy.”

The list of projects includes the conversion of the former university building Bretton Hall into a hotel.

More than £1m of smaller projects are also planned for the south east of the district, including improvements to roads and parks.

Wakefield Council faces budget cuts of around £100m by 2020.

A report to the cabinet meeting said: “With more limited resources available, it is increasingly important to prioritise and to focus on key, major projects which will deliver economic growth in the district and the provision of new homes.”

Regeneration organisation Groundwork is carrying out a £4.6m redevelopment of Kirkgate railway station.