Cabinet to talk about housing at tour event

Grass sod cutting ceremony on Gordon Place, off Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, marks the start of a new development.'Pictured: Jonathon Bemrose - Chair of Chevin Housing Association, Cllr Pat Garbutt, Steve Close - Deputy Group Chief Executive and Mark Swift - Bussiness Commercial Manager.'h317a410
Grass sod cutting ceremony on Gordon Place, off Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, marks the start of a new development.'Pictured: Jonathon Bemrose - Chair of Chevin Housing Association, Cllr Pat Garbutt, Steve Close - Deputy Group Chief Executive and Mark Swift - Bussiness Commercial Manager.'h317a410
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Key members of Wakefield Council will be discussing housing needs across the district when they visit South Elmsall as part of their Cabinet on Tour event.

The cabinet will hold its next meeting at the Westfield Centre, Westfield Lane, from 10.30am to noon on Tuesday, January 13.

Councillors will discuss a report detailing the progress of new and planned residential developments, including those at West End Estate, Hemsworth, the City Estate, Fitzwilliam, and Gordon Place and Frickley in South Elmsall.

The council received £8m of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grants to build 650 new homes on the four sites, as well as on the Girnhill Estate in Featherstone. Councillors recently approved plans to sell the land on the West End estate – the only site where work has not yet started – for affordable housing.

The meeting will also offer a chance for people to ask questions.

Council leader Peter Box, said: “We want to hear any questions residents may have on their minds and encourage everyone to come along to our next Cabinet on Tour event.

“All cabinet meetings are held in public – but taking the meetings out into the district is one of many ways we are making it more convenient for people to interact with their elected members.”

The housing report 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.

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. Going forward 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 cabinet meeting can submit their questions in advance. Email yoursay@wakefield.gov.uk or visit www.facebook.com/mywakefield or tweet @MyWakefield using the hashtag #AskCabinet.