A MULTI-MILLION pound regeneration scheme to transform a former estate in South Elmsall has moved a step closer to reality.
Planning applications to build 122 houses on Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, have been submitted to Wakefield Council.
It is hoped the development will bring much-needed jobs and apprenticeships to the area.
The project is being funded through the government’s Regional Growth Fund, which awarded the council a grant of £8.1m last October to provide new housing on the Westfield Lane improvement area - which encompasses Gordon Place - as well as the City Estate, Fitzwilliam, West End, Hemsworth, and the Girnhill Estate in Featherstone.
The applications for the Westfield Lane site have been submitted by developer Saul Homes.
Coun Steve Tulley, leader of South Elmsall Town Council, said he was thrilled with the progress.
He said: “These improvements are long overdue so it cannot come soon enough in my view. It will be an advantage to the community and will make it an even better place than it already is.”
He has spoken to representatives from Saul Homes and said they had assured him they will be using local labour if the application was approved.
Coun Tulley said: “They told me they are also hoping to set on some apprentices as well.
“This is fantastic news for the area and for young people who are screaming out for opportunities like this.”
The houses will be built on land behind homes 1-22 and 47-57 Westfield Lane.
A percentage of the properties will be socially rented houses.
The council is currently working with potential developers for the other housing regeneration schemes in Fitzwilliam and Hemsworth.
During the 1990s the West End Estate, City Estate and the Westfield Lane area all fell into rapid decline, leading to abandoned houses, crime and anti-social behaviour.
Hundreds of homes were knocked down on the three estates but new housing developments were delayed due to the economic climate.
Ian Thomson, service director for planning, transportation and highways, said a consultation period surrounding the Westfield Lane applications will run until May 4.
The council aims to make a decision in July.