A masterplan is being drawn up to regenerate a neglected “gateway” to Wakefield close to the city’s landmark Hepworth art gallery.
Council chiefs say detailed redevelopment plans for the Kirkgate area of the city are being drawn up.
Once finalised, the plans will be put out to public exhibition ahead of a consultation when residents will be invited to voice their opinions on the scheme.
The plans are being drawn up ahead of a multi-million pound scheme to transform Kirkgate rail station, set to start next month.
The £4.1m scheme, which is being led by environmental charity Groundwork, will see the neglected station buildings refurbished and staff on the platforms.
And demolition teams are currently working on levelling eyesore office block Crown House, which dominates the Kirkgate area of the city.
A spokeswoman for Wakefield Council said: “The Hepworth and Kirkgate Station are key buildings associated with the master plan and discussions are ongoing with both The Hepworth and Groundwork as to how the master plan can provide improved pedestrian links, public transport including bus access to Kirkgate railway station and to encourage greater usage of the station, cycle routes and car parking facilities.
“The redevelopment of the Kirkgate area is the next stage in the regeneration of Wakefield. As a gateway to the city centre, it will help to transform the area and improve the district’s image.”
Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “Redevelopment is needed to revitalise the general area, improve transport links and encourage further investment.”
Council chiefs in Wakefield say tourists flocking to the Hepworth Wakefield on the banks of the River Calder are providing a massive boost for the local economy. Art lovers have travelled to the gallery from across the UK and from as far afield as Japan and Australia.