‘Next piece in jigsaw for Cas plan’

Newspapers: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Developers behind the Castleford Regeneration Plan have submitted plans to demolish the remaining buildings on the Hickson and Welch site on Wheldon Road, Castleford. The plan is to clean up the site and build new homes.'Pictured: Peter Box and Denise Jeffrey by the entrance to the former chemical works site.'Photo Date: 20/04/15
Newspapers: Pontefract & Castleford Express.'Story: Developers behind the Castleford Regeneration Plan have submitted plans to demolish the remaining buildings on the Hickson and Welch site on Wheldon Road, Castleford. The plan is to clean up the site and build new homes.'Pictured: Peter Box and Denise Jeffrey by the entrance to the former chemical works site.'Photo Date: 20/04/15

Plans have been submitted to clear the former Hickson and Welch chemical works site as part of a scheme to “transform” Castleford.

Developer Castleford Energy Village has applied for permission to knock down all remaining buildings as part of its plans to build more than 1,000 homes on the Wheldon Road site.

The company is now hoping to gain permission from the Environment Agency to carry out remediation work on the site.

David Frohnsdorff, the company’s manager and shareholder, said: “Over the next ten years this will be a completely different part of Castleford and will completely transform the town.

“The location is fantastic. The Wheldon Road corridor is a great site for housing and I think, once complete, it’s going to be great.”

The application is part of a scheme to build 1,200 new homes on the Hickson’s site and the former Nestle confectionery factory.

The Nestle site, which is also on Wheldon Road, has already been demolished as part of the scheme.

Mr Frohnsdorff added: “We’re currently working on a big project in Blackburn that’s due to be complete in May, then the housing planning applications for the Castleford scheme will follow around August.”

Castleford councillor Denise Jeffery, who is also Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news because it means that, at last, we are moving forward with the scheme.

“The idea has been spoken about for such a long time that people have started to doubt whether it would ever happen but the application has now gone in and it’s the next piece of the jigsaw.”