Plans for 150 homes and care home at Bishopgarth

The old Bishopgarth police training facility, Westfield Road, Wakefield,
The old Bishopgarth police training facility, Westfield Road, Wakefield,

Up to 150 new homes could be built on the site of the former police training centre at Bishopgarth.

West Yorkshire Police has moved to a new premises in Carr Gate and its former site has now been earmarked for housing.

The force’s development team has been working closely with Wakefield Council and suggested two proposals for the Bishopgarth site.

The first option proposed by the planners would see the entire site used for new homes, believed to be between 120 and 150.

The second option would see the number of suggested homes reduced to include space for a residential care home.

A consultation event was held at the police headquarters on Laburnum Road on Monday.

Representatives from Leeds-based planning consultants Johnson Brook and the police met with residents to discuss the plans.

People were asked to provide feedback on the proposed options.

The planners said the plans received a positive response and any homes built would be in keeping with the surrounding area.

Head of estates Matt Saunders said: “Following the re-location of existing training facilities from Bishopgarth, West Yorkshire Police has been considering options for the future use of the site.

“The force’s estates department and planning consultants has been liaising closely with Wakefield Council and has concluded that a residential development on the Bishopgarth site would be the most appropriate use.

“The consultation event was an opportunity for residents to find out more about what this development might look like, view the plans and discuss the proposals.