Wakefield creative quarter plans submitted

Plans have been submitted to transform a listed mill site in Wakefield into a new mixed use creative quarter for collaborative partnerships in music, film and TV.

Planning consultancy Turley has submitted a planning permission and listed building consent application on behalf of City & Provincial Properties to convert Rutland Mills on Wakefield Waterfront.

Working with Wakefield Council, City and Provincial Properties, which is behind Tileyard Studios, a creative media hub in central London, plan to create a ‘northern extension’ of the brand.

The Rutland Mills site would be turned into a vibrant, new mixed use creative quarter for collaborative partnerships in music, film, TV, design and new media.

The planned development is the final stage of a regeneration masterplan that will give ten acres of Wakefield’s historic riverside a new lease of life.

The development includes a new building, riverside pier and new public realm creating a large open air events space. The applications propose a flexible range of uses, including new shops, a hotel, food and drink outlets, conference and education spaces, art galleries, craft workshops, studios and offices.

Bob May, planning director at Turley, said: "This is an important project for Wakefield that will bring transformational change to the Waterfront Area.  

"The application proposals set a new benchmark in heritage regeneration in the quality of the re-purposed built environment and the flexibility of permitted use of space."

Joshua Hammond, Digital Staff Writer