More affordable housing for Pontefract

23 January 2023

Another 37 affordable homes, being built in Pontefract as part of Wakefield Council’s strategic housing plan, are expected to be completed in February 2023.

They are being constructed on the site of the former Pontefract Fire Station, a stone’s throw away from Pontefract Racecourse and within walking distance of the town centre.

The site sits on over an acre of brownfield land which was sold to WDH by the Council for 100% affordable housing development and also to contribute to the wider Pontefract Town Centre regeneration. The Council also provided a financial contribution towards its purchase.

The new development, which is expected to offer two- and three-bedroom apartments,  is just around the corner from the site of the enhanced Colonels Walk underpass for cyclists and pedestrians, which has been approved by Network Rail.

The underpass is a key part of the scheme to create a cycle way linking Pontefract Park with Knottingley.

Affordable Housing is a strategic and political priority for Wakefield Council which is committed to finding ways to deliver more affordable housing across the district to meet identified need.

Although the annual housebuilding targets have been exceeded, there has been a shortfall in the number of affordable homes being built.

The Council has earmarked a number of sites for 100% affordable homes to help meet its commitment to boost the number of new affordable homes across the district.

More suitable brownfield land available has been identified for the construction of almost 400 housing units, providing residents with homes to meet their needs.

The Council is also allocating land for new specialist homes, meaning more vulnerable and disabled residents across the district will be able to access the homes they need.

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