Planned employment scheme could create 800 jobs

Plans have been lodged for a 500,000 sq ft employment scheme in West Yorkshire.

Keyland Developments Ltd, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister-company to Yorkshire Water, has submitted a planning application to Wakefield Council for the scheme on its 54-acre Wakefield East site.

The proposals are for City Fields Waterside Park Business Hub, and aim to create 800 jobs for the local area.

Keyland’s strategic site, which was part of the redundant Yorkshire Water Calder Vale treatment works, forms the primary employment element of the 375-acre City Fields development which is creating a new sustainable extension to the east of Wakefield.

The outline planning application seeks to create a diverse employment scheme to act as a catalyst for employment creation and business development.

The proposals incorporate 500,000 sq ft of business and industrial accommodation in a range of unit sizes together with potential pub/restaurant/drive-thru and trade counter development plots.

The new £33m Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR), which was completed and opened to traffic in April 2017, forms the backbone of the proposed scheme.

Wakefield East Consortium has promoted a Masterplan framework for development sites along the WERR and City Fields Waterside Park Business Hub has been identified as a future employment area.

The broader City Fields community will include approximately 2,500 houses, a primary school, health facilities, district, and neighbourhood centres along with Keyland’s extensive site.

Matthew Turnbull, planning & development manager at Keyland Developments Ltd, said: “The completion of the WERR has accelerated the regeneration of the whole City Fields area and this site is strategically important due to the significant job creation potential it will deliver as the major employment element.”

Knight Frank and Avison Young are appointed agents on City Fields Waterside Business Hub.