VIDEO: Work expected to start on a £500m scheme early next year that will create more than 5,000 jobs

Work is expected to start on a £500m scheme early next year that will create more than 5,000 jobs.

Miller Homes is due to submit a planning applicationnext month for 500 homes on land off Aberford Road and the first section of a £38m new relief road for the city.

If approved, work will begin on the City Fields development early next year, marking the start of the Wakefield East urban extension, which stretches from Aberford Road, along the canal running through Eastmoor, to the old power station site off Doncaster Road, incorporating the old Parkhill Colliery site.

The development, which is expected to take up to 20 years to complete, includes 2,500 homes, offices, shops, industrial units, a school, community centre and waterside park.

It will also improve public transport facilities and cycle routes.

It was masterminded by planning consultants Spawforths and will be delivered in partnership with Miller Homes Ltd, Grantley Developments Ltd and Stretton Estates, bringing with it 3,700 construction jobs and 1,658 long term jobs.

Sarah Pearson, Wakefield Council’s service director for Economic Growth and Housing, said: “It is great news for Wakefield and tackles the three major issues of housing shortages, lack of employment opportunities and congestion. It is a really exciting project given the current economic climate.”

On Tuesday, Wakefield Council’s cabinet members approved a report that will give the local authority the green light to take the lead on the delivery of the relief road. It will link Doncaster Road and Aberford Road and create a bypass of the city centre for commuters and business traffic.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council said: “We are proposing to take the lead on the road because this development is vital to the district. We are committed to boosting jobs and growth in the local economy and this scheme will help us achieve this.”

The Express revealed in August 2010 that the urban extension would help justify the need for improvements to Kirkgate Station and that its cycle routes would link that area of the city to The Hepworth Wakefield.

See tomorrow’s Express for a two-page feature on the development, which residents have vowed to fight.