26 May 2022

Wakefield is to bring forward 1544 acres of employment land in new Local Plan, the equivalent to over a thousand football pitches in size.

The Council is set to adopt an ambitious Local Plan this year, responding to high investor confidence in the district, to attract businesses who will bring sustainable, skilled employment for residents and grow its existing business community.

This plan, which will shape the district’s spatial policy up to 2036, sees 1544 acres of land allocated for employment use, of which 932 acres is newly allocated. 

Sufficient land will also be allocated to accommodate the demands for homes in this period.

Key Employment sites in the Local Plan include Broadcut Farm, adjacent to the M1, which incorporates a 450,000sq ft Advanced Manufacturing hub as well as 10 acres of housing and community amenity space. 

This site will allow Wakefield district to attract more businesses from the advanced manufacturing sector, bringing further skilled jobs for residents and well-connected housing with green space.

Mountpark Ferrybridge is a 400-acre site connected to the M62, plots upwards of 150,000sq ft are proposed.  The site has its own freight line and access to the adjoining River Aire, facilitating water-borne freight movements. There are options to connect direct to Ferrybridge’s multifuel plants for power, and the site is suitable for uses including advanced manufacturing, logistics and distribution and power related activities.

South Knottingley offers the only site in the draft Local Plan able to accommodate a building upwards one million sq. ft.  Proposed uses are associated with advanced manufacturing, research and development, creative and digital use, and e- commerce logistics. 

The proximity to the A1/M62 interchange offers access to supply chain and distribution activities. 

More information and source here: Business Matters: New investment opportunities coming forward in Wakefield District | Blogs | Insider Media