City Fields go-ahead - 2,500 homes for east side of Wakefield

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The first phase of a multi-million pound scheme to build 2,700 homes on the east side of Wakefield has been given the go-ahead.

Wakefield Council’s planning committee voted through a proposal to build 500 homes as part of the City Fields redevelopment at a meeting on Tuesday.

Architects firm Spawforths, on behalf of Miller Homes, submitted a planning application for the first part of the scheme, which includes a new by-pass for the eastern side of the city.

The committee granted planning permission for 329 houses and outline permission, which gives consent in principle for a further 171 homes.

The application also includes the first phase of the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road.

In the long term, the scheme could attract new jobs and £500m of investment, creating one of the biggest regeneration initiatives ever seen in the city under a masterplan for the area.

A new primary school and a network of green spaces could also be provided under the scheme, which includes a business park and a new waterfront area.

Tim Williams, strategic land manager for Miller Homes, said: “This marks a key milestone in a significant long-term urban regeneration project which will completely transform the area as well as creating substantial employment opportunities.

“The approval of this application also paves the way for the delivery of the long anticipated Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, with work expected to begin on the road in 2015.

“Work on the first phase of our development at City Fields, comprising 329 homes, will commence in the early autumn.”

Wakefield Council received 22 letters of objection to the planning application.

Concerns raised include the loss of green space, increased traffic, the effect of the development on property prices in the area and air pollution.