‘We need to meet the demand for housing’

Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .
Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .

Key members of Wakefield Council will be discussing housing needs across the district .

The cabinet will discuss a report detailing the progress of new and planned residential developments, including one in the City Fields area of Wakefield.

The partnership between the council and private developers will see around 2,500 homes being built over the next 15–20 years. The first phase, expected to start in February, is for 500 properties.

The housing report also outlines a new partnership between the council and Wakefield District Housing (WDH) aimed at building new properties, both for sale and for affordable housing, so that the increasing demand and need for new properties can be met.

The cabinet meeting will take place at the Westfield Centre, South Elmsall, from 10.30am to noon on Tuesday, January 13.

There will also be a chance for people to ask questions.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “Census information shows that around 1,300 new households are forming across the district every year.

“If the demand outstrips the supply then the price of housing can significantly increase.

“This puts yet another burden on household budgets and makes it even harder for those on average incomes to own their own homes.

“Increasing the supply of homes has to be a priority for the council and our partners and we are making good progress.

“We know the market is still very challenging as is the council’s financial situation.

“We need to continue to strengthen our partnerships within the public and private sector and be innovative in the way we work if we are to meet the district’s housing needs.”

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting can submit their questions in advance.

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