Homes plan at fire-ravaged church moves closer Kegel 'St Faiths church Aberford Road Wakefield arson attck Kegel 'St Faiths church Aberford Road Wakefield arson attck

Homes could be built on the site of a former Grade II-listed church which was destroyed by fire.

Planners granted Linfit Investments Ltd outline permission to build 14 homes on the site of the former Church of St Faith, on the corner of Aberford Road and Eastmoor Road, at a meeting yesterday.

The company was granted permission to demolish the shell of the church, which was built in the grounds of the former Stanley Royd Hospital in 1861, in December.

Wakefield Civic Society formally objected the plans, which include 10 townhouses and four apartments, claiming the land would have been better used as parkland, with the footprint of the church kept in place.

Speaking after the meeting Kevin Trickett, society president, said: “We don’t have right of appeal so we just have to live with the decision.

“It’s not an unexpected decision as the plans were recommended for an approval by officers.

“We do, though, welcome plans to try and preserve some of the heritage by using some of the stone from the church for the development.”

Linfit Investments Ltd now just need to submit a full planning application to Wakefield Council and, if approved, it can then start work on the site.

In March 2013, Michael John Lill, of Arundel Close, Wakefield, and Jason Sulley, of Hornbeam Avenue, Silcoates Park, both aged 23, were jailed for three-and-a-half years for the arson attack on the church.