Development plan approved

Plans for how land is to be used across the district in the next 15 years have been approved.

A report from the government’s Planning Inspector has concluded that Wakefield Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) provides suitable employment and housing sites.

Some of the plans relate to land adjoining Hatfield Place, Havercroft, and Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam.

In Fitzwilliam, land close to Kinsley Primary School will be included as new housing allocation, while the previous safeguarded land allocation will be deleted.

The Inspectorate’s approval follows amendments after public consultations in November, January and March.

The report will be considered by the council in September, and if adopted it will provide new homes in jobs.

Deputy council leader Coun Denise Jeffery, who is responsible for regeneration, said: “This is very good news and the culmination of much hard work and scrutiny by an independent Planning Inspector, as well as council officers.

“Wakefield is at the forefront of local authorities for ensuring plans are in place and we look forward to creating the jobs and homes which are much needed for the overall wellbeing and prosperity for the whole district and unlock significant investment into jobs and growth.”

If the LDF goes ahead, plans for land use will still be subject to the council’s full planning process.