Bookmakers William Hill could open its eighth branch in Wakefield

William Hill has submitted an application to open a new branch in Westgate
William Hill has submitted an application to open a new branch in Westgate

A former building society could be transformed into a William Hill betting shop, which would be its eighth branch in the city.

A planning application has been submitted to Wakefield Council to convert a vacant premises in Westgate into a branch of William Hill.

The bookmaker already has seven other shops in the city, including branches in Ossett, Horbury, Outwood, Normanton and Alverthorpe.

There is also a shop in both Northgate and Kirkgate.

William Hill wants to install a new shop front, three air conditioning condenser units, one satellite dish and one TV aerial.

The designs and access statement said: “It is clear that the William Hill Organisation have included within the proposed formation of a new licensed betting office all possible features, alterations and fittings to provide suitable access and facilities within the restrictions imposed by the limitations of the existing building.”

If the planning application is approved, three full-time positions and two part-time jobs would be created.

There have been no objections posted on the council’s website.

Anyone wishing to comment on the application should visit or write to Planning Services, Wakefield One, PO Box 700, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB.

Any comments must be made by Friday, March 6.