Works completed to build dozens of homes at former fire station site

A total of 37 new homes for affordable rent have been developed on the site of Pontefract’s former fire station.

The scheme was completed by housing association, WDH, with backing from Wakefield Council.

Newport House, off Stuart Road in Pontefract, is a three-storey apartment building, providing one and two-bedroom homes which supports the delivery of the council’s regeneration masterplan for the town.   ​

The council is also supporting WDH to develop four more key sites at: Whin View Court, Havercroft; Warren House, Pontefract; Chantry House, Wakefield and the former Castleford Bath Site, Castleford, to create another 160 homes.

The Chantry House scheme will re-use land that is currently vacant. The three other schemes will see the clearance of buildings that are either surplus or no longer fit for purpose to create better and more modern neighbourhoods.​

Wakefield Council leader, Denise Jeffery, said: “It’s a very positive first step to see the development of these new homes in Pontefract.

“We remain firmly committed to helping to meet the housing needs of our residents and to give people in our district more choice.

“We are pleased to be working with WDH to deliver this commitment and the good quality homes people need.”​

Sue Young, executive director of investment at WDH, said: “Newport House is a great example of high quality, town centre living, which is exactly what Pontefract needs.

“We’re working closely with Wakefield Council and our partners, to regenerate areas including Pontefract, creating thriving, vibrant places to live.”

Andy Wallhead, chief executive at WDH, added: “Our vision is to create confident communities and developments like this are key to doing that.

“I am very proud of the work that has gone into delivering these properties and hope they’ll provide people and families with great homes.”​

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