The Regeneration Show

Join us as we travel around the district talking to residents and businesses about the future of our city and towns. With episodes covering everything from regeneration for the next generation, to discovering how sustainable drainage is adding splashes of colour to our urban landscapes. We’ll be looking at how regeneration improves lives and shapes communities, as well as bringing you updates on all the key projects happening across the district.

Series 2

The Regeneration Show is returning for Series 2, a bi-monthly podcast launching in February. New episodes will be released every other month.

Missed series one? Listen to all previous episodes on demand below.

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Series 1

Episode 6

As we draw our first series to a close, learn what the difference is between "hard" and "soft" regeneration, get the latest on projects to create a District for Tomorrow and get an insider’s guide to the great line-up of events and things to do in the Wakefield district this summer and throughout the rest of 2023.

Listen on demand:

  • Projects across the district - 00:00
  • Arts, culture and events - 14:19

Episode 5

Find out how Wakefield Council is working in partnership to create housing for all. Get the inside scoop on how sites are chosen, how developments are funded and what goes on behind the scenes. With city centre living on the rise, learn more about the benefits. In this episode, we discuss affordable housing and the support available to those living in the private rental sector.

Listen on demand:

  • Housing projects in the pipeline - 00:00
  • How new sites are chosen - 15:42
  • Creating affordable housing - 25:21
  • Support available for residents - 32:57

Episode 4

Explore Tileyard North, bringing creative industries, careers and new events spaces to Wakefield's doorstep, just a stone’s throw from the city centre. Creative businesses are relocating from other cities to the newest and largest creative hub outside London, including the record label behind Jive Bunny – could they be making a comeback this year? This is just the beginning - find out what more is to come.

Listen on demand:

Episode 3

Paul Gwilliam, a restoration specialist from Wakefield Council; Richard Butterfield from Historic England; and Anne Lockwood, a business owner on Silver Street in the city centre, talk about the history of Westgate and how the Heritage Action Zone will help conserve the history of one of the city's main medieval routes. Also hear from Cllr Michael Graham, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, talking about projects to transform Wakefield into a culturally vibrant city.

Listen on demand:

  • Heritage Action Zone - 00:00
  • Transforming Wakefield into a culturally vibrant city - 23:29

Episode 2

Get the scoop on how we're encouraging more start-ups to take their businesses to the markets. Elsewhere, in the city centre plans have been announced for the Wakefield Exchange (former Market Hall) to be transformed into a major events venue by 2024. Additionally, we talk to Unlimited, an artist group that's offering grants to Wakefield-based disabled artists, and the Castleford Heritage Trust talks about renovating Queens Mill to provide entrepreneurs with much-needed space.

Listen on demand:

  • Rediscovering Castleford - 00:00
  • Creating markets for the future - 09:15
  • Wakefield Exchange - 21:34

Episode 1

Mark Lynam, Wakefield Council's Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth; Kevin Trickett, Interim Chair of Wakefield High Street Task Force; and Jan Lawrence, owner of Skinworx Tattoos in Knottingley, discuss the plans for the site of the Old Westgate railway station in Wakefield city centre, the district's first Street for People at Horsefair in Pontefract and the success of the Shop Improvement Grant scheme in Knottingley.

Listen on demand:

  • Old Westgate railway station - 00:00
  • Horsefair Street for People - 09:10
  • Knottingley Shop Improvement Grants - 13:47

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become a market traders Mark Lynam, Wakefield Council's Corporate Director for Regeneration & Economic Growth; Lorna Malkin, Chief Executive of the Castleford Heritage Trust, Dave Preston, Chief Executive of National Association of British Market Authorities; and Jo Verrent, Director of Unlimited, discuss rediscovering Castleford as a distinctive riverside market town (00:00), improving markets across the district (09:15), and boosting Wakefield City as a creative hub (21:34).