Plans lodged for 160-home development

Plans lodged for 160-home development

Plans have been lodged for more than 160 homes on the site of a West Yorkshire farm.

Spawforths, on behalf of Wakefield District Housing, has submitted an application to Wakefield Council for the land off Pope Street in Altofts.

Full planning permission is sought for the demolition of the buildings associated with Bridgeland Grange Farm and construction of 161 residential properties.

A mix of semi-detached and detached houses with between two and four bedrooms is proposed. A total of 48 units will be offered as affordable housing.

The application also covers a new substation, parking, access, public open space and landscaping work.

It has been estimated that construction of the new homes could support the creation of about 240 jobs, while the scheme has the potential to generate an additional £12m GVA (gross value added) per annum for Wakefield.

A planning statement submitted as part of the application said: "As well as meeting the housing requirements for the area, the proposals will ensure that there is a range of housing available to meet the needs, preferences and aspirations of existing, emerging and incoming households.

"This will assist in the market restructuring and community regeneration of Normanton to achieve a sustainable settlement pattern which recognises and supports a diversity of communities.

"The development of the site would represent a significant economic benefit to the locality, creating a significant number of jobs (in construction and operational phases of the development) in addition to the additional residents and subsequent increased expenditure within the locality."