5,000 new jobs on horizon as homes plans take shape

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A £500m scheme to build hundreds of new homes and a new relief road in Wakefield could create up to 5,000 new jobs from early next year.

Miller Homes is due to submit a planning application next month for 500 homes on land off Aberford Road and the first section of a £38m new relief road for the city.

If approved, work will begin on the City Fields development early next year. It would mark the start of the Wakefield East urban extension, which stretches from Aberford Road, along the canal running through Eastmoor, to the old power station site off Doncaster Road, incorporating the old Parkhill Colliery site.

The development, which is expected to take up to 20 years to complete, includes 2,500 homes, offices, shops, industrial units, a school, community centre and waterside park.

It will also improve public transport facilities and cycle routes.

It was masterminded by planning consultants Spawforths and will be delivered in partnership with Miller Homes Ltd, Grantley Developments Ltd and Stretton Estates, bringing with it 3,700 construction jobs and 1,658 long term jobs.

Sarah Pearson, Wakefield Council’s service director for Economic Growth and Housing, said: “It is great news for Wakefield and tackles the three major issues of housing shortages, lack of employment opportunities and congestion. It is a really exciting project given the current economic climate.”

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