Pre-application proposals outlined for up to 260 homes

Plans for a new residential development to the south east of Wakefield are set to be revealed later this month.

Banks Property is preparing proposals for an 11-hectare development on land to the east of the B6273 Wakefield Road in Hemsworth which will include up to 260 homes.

The project, which is being brought forward in line with the emerging Wakefield Local Plan, would also see a network of new cycle paths and footpaths being created, new wildlife habitats created to encourage
local biodiversity and an electric vehicle charging point installed at every new home.

More than 2.7 hectares of public open space will be made available as part of the development.

If it goes ahead, more than 125 jobs would be directly supported during the development’s construction with a further 180 jobs indirectly supported by the project and a range of contract opportunities being made available to businesses in the surrounding area.

Banks Property will stage two surgeries in the coming weeks to introduce its plans to the local community.

The appointment-only events will take place at Hemsworth Community Centre, with the first to be held from 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday 30 August, and the second happening between the same times on Tuesday 5 September.

A planning application is then expected to be finalised and submitted to Wakefield Council in the following weeks.

Part of The Banks Group, Banks Property has developed brownfield and greenfield land for commercial and residential property schemes across the north of England and Scotland.

It has previously delivered property schemes in a range of locations across Yorkshire, including Harrogate, Sheffield and Leeds, and is currently progressing plans for a new extension to the village of Eggborough in North Yorkshire, which would include up to 1,500 properties of all types.

Kate Culverhouse, community relations manager at the Banks Group, said: “There is a clear and increasingly pressing need across the UK to increase the available supply of quality homes, including in this popular part of West Yorkshire.

“We firmly believe people should have the opportunity to stay in or move to the places where they wish to live, and that this is a wholly-suitable location for the high-quality development that we’re proposing to deliver.

“The site is close to local schools, shops and the town centre, well connected to local services and is a logical northern extension to the existing community.”

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