New jobs, housing, and shops set for Normanton - plans drawn up for town’s future

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Normanton town centre, High Street.'w8427a926

Hundreds more homes, extra jobs, cycle routes and better shops are all planned as part of a major regeneration of Normanton.

People can expect to see the changes made during the next few years as the town is developed to meet both housing and social needs.

Wakefield Council has drawn up proposals on how it expects the area to change in the future.

And it is holding a number of consultation events so residents can have their say.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “We hope that by implementing this plan we can improve the town’s economic well-being, growth and prosperity, so that Normanton can become a more successful and thriving community.

“I encourage all local residents to come to the events and have their say on the plans and let us know what they think the priorities need to be for the area.”

Last year the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) included plans for 203 homes on Station Road, 105 for Wakefield Road and 718 at Ashfields, between Castleford Road and the M62 motorway.

Representatives from Taylor Wimpey will be in Normanton Town Hall between 3pm and 7pm today to talk about the Ashfields site.

The development includes a mixture of private and affordable housing, with a planning application due to be submitted this autumn.

Ben Coles, strategic land and planning manager for Taylor Wimpey said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our proposals to the local community, which include much-needed new affordable and private housing, along with the potential for highway improvements and public open spaces.

“We want to inject considerable investment in the area as a whole, as well as supporting the ongoing Five Towns Renaissance.”

The plans aim to encourage investment in Normanton by delivering “high quality developments and public spaces”.

As well as new housing developments, people can expect improvements to the town centre shops, new jobs, and better links through “safe and accessible” pedestrian and cycle routes.

The consultation events take place today, between 10am and 7.30pm in Normanton Town Hall, on High Street, and tomorrow from 10am until 2pm in Normanton Library.

The exhibition will be available to view for a further week at the Market Street library until Saturday, March 2.

For more details contact Julian Ellis on 01924 304956 or visit