PLANS to regenerate three former housing estates in the Express area have moved a step forward.
Wakefield Council is set to formally accept an £8m government grant, which will be used for housing regeneration on City Estate, Fitzwilliam, West End, Hemsworth and Gordon Place, South Elmsall - as well as the Girnhill Estate in Featherstone.
A report will go to the council’s cabinet on Tuesday, October 4. Acceptance of the grant, which is from the government’s Regional Growth Fund, is subject to completion of an external evaluation of the bid at the end of October.
The report to cabinet also recommends selling the three sites to allow regeneration to go ahead and stimulate housing growth. Girnhill Estate has already been approved for sale.
Hundreds of homes were knocked down on the three estates but new housing developments were delayed due to the economic climate.
Around 700 new homes will be built on the four sites. The grant will be used as gap-funding for development costs and to deliver high standard buildings and affordable homes.
Coun Denise Jeffery, deputy leader with responsibility for regeneration and economic growth, said: “People in these four areas have waited a long time for new housing and this grant enables us to move forward, removing the barriers which have been holding up housing renewal.
“By accepting the Regional Growth Fund grant we can now take steps to stimulate housing growth, which otherwise would have stalled until the housing market recovers sufficiently to generate private sector interest.