City Fields is a new 927 acre (375 ha) high-quality residential development to the east of Wakefield, alongside the Rivers Calder and Aire and the Calder Canal. Conveniently located 20 minutes walking distance from Wakefield city centre and a five minute drive to the M1 motorway, Leeds city centre is reachable within 25 minutes. Situated to the south east of Wakefield city centre, the site benefits from direct access to the new Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR) completed in 2017. This improved access to Junction 30 of the M62 to the north will link with the A638 Doncaster Road to the south and Wakefield Kirkgate train station is also easily accessible from this site. The City Fields vision is to create a sustainable eastern expansion of Wakefield and an area of urban living which will deliver social, environmental and economic benefits to improve the quality of life for its local population.
This site in Kirkgate will bring forward a new residential offering for Wakefield and developer interest is being sought by the Council. The ideal developer for this site will have an interest in delivering high quality design, sustainability and optimal density. The South East Gateway / Kirkgate area is a regeneration priority for Wakefield, and development has been ongoing along this key route between the Waterfront and the city centre for some time. Additional highway improvements in this area completed in 2018 have built upon other recent regeneration successes including the restoration of Kirkgate Railway Station and the relocation of the regional archives in the West Yorkshire History Centre.
Over a period of seven years, the Council acquired a number of properties and remodelled public realm and highways to assemble land and its plan now is for residential development. Most recently, the Council purchased Chantry House (February 2019), central to the regeneration of Kirkgate, next to the A61/Chantry roundabout. Site assembly is now complete with derelict buildings being demolished and cleared and the plots ready for market. The Council is seeking innovative solutions for a new wave of urban living in Wakefield.
Just 10 minutes from the city centre, Snowhill is close to Junction 41 of the M1. The out of town development provides a well located residential area close to the Snowhill retail park with access to supermarkets, shops and a food and drink offering. Emerging in its own right alongside more established suburbs such as Wrenthorpe and Outwood, Snowhill is growing in desirability, popularity and amenities. Ready access to local transport links means this location is ideal for commuters. The M1 motorway network is only a short drive away via the A650 and Leeds is accessible by car in only 20 minutes. The site is close to Paragon Business Park - local employers include the likes of Legal Zoom, Team 17, Nationwide and many more. Paragon also provides a mature leisure offer with Bannatyne’s Gym, Whitbread Pub, Premier Inn hotel and a children’s day nursey on site.