Wakefield Council has received positive news as the Planning Inspectorate’s endorsement brings the Local Plan one step closer to approval.

The Local Plan outlines fresh policies and land allocations to direct new developments and safeguard the district’s environment.

Following an impartial review by the Planning Inspectorate, it was determined that, with certain modifications, the Wakefield Local Plan is robust and adheres to legal requirements. This assessment follows an extensive consultation process that considers the opinions of local residents, including input from various hearing sessions.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “This is very good news. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work from the Council, and also a lot of input from local communities across our district.

“The plan is going to support the creation of 1,400 new homes every year until 2036. That’s going to help us to deliver more affordable housing for people in the district. It also includes an additional 319 hectares of much-needed employment land to create more jobs for local people.

“Overall it will help to get Wakefield building, improving our wellbeing and unlocking significant investment which will support jobs and growth.”

The Local Plan delineates the Council’s planning policies for promoting growth, investment, and sustainable development throughout the district. It also prioritises the protection and enhancement of the environment and biodiversity, improving the quality of living, working, and visiting spaces.

The plan ensures that developments are well-integrated with public transport networks, enhancing transportation infrastructure, including highways, as well as walking and cycling routes. It places the Council’s commitment to addressing climate change at the core of local development.

Upon publication, the Local Plan will undergo consideration by Wakefield Council’s Cabinet and, if approved, will be adopted following a vote of Full Council in January 2024.