Council chiefs at Wakefield are seeking to contribute almost £1.5m towards the cost of a new link road at Pontefract to open up a former pit site for a development of almost 1,000 new homes.
The Department of Transport has agreed to contribute £4.1m towards the cost of constructing the Northern Link Road, which would link Park Road with Skinner Road.
But to access the cash, Wakefield Council must contribute £1.48m towards the cost of the new road – which is considered a key element in plans to build homes on the former Prince of Wales Colliery site.
Wakefield Council is hoping the new £1bn West Yorkshire Transport Fund will contribute towards or fully fund the council’s costs.
Councillors are being asked to approve spending £1.48m on the scheme when the council’s cabinet committee meets next Tuesday.
Harworth Estates has started development work ahead of a 10-year scheme to transform the former Prince of Wales Colliery site into a new community of almost 1,000 new homes plus businesses and shops.
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: “The new road will help ease traffic congestion in Pontefract and improve the local transport infrastructure.
“It will improve capacity on Park Road and Town End junction and increase access to junction 32 of the M62.
“It will also unlock housing and development opportunities in Pontefract. Our contribution will be paid from existing budget allocations.”