Wakefield's 'wow' factor
Homebuilders have flocked to the ‘merrie city’ in recent years, resulting in the rate of new house building in Wakefield being 11 per cent higher than the national average over the last four years.
And the good news doesn’t stop with the influx of housebuilders. In 2016, the Office for National Statistics crowned Wakefield as having the fastest growing economy in the Leeds City Region.
Melanie Smith, Bellway Yorkshire’s sales manager, who oversees both its Red Hall Gardens development in Newton Hill, and City Fields development to the east of the city, said: “I’m not sure how many people would say Wakefield when asked about which city has the fastest growing economy in the region, but if you give it some consideration it’s easy to understand why.”
“First, and foremost, and as any homebuyer knows, location is key and Wakefield’s primary strength is its location. It sits at the very heart of the UK, with amazing connectivity to the M1, M62 and A1; and a mainline train station on the London to Leeds route; making it perfect for business and commuters alike, and, as such, perfect for housebuilders like Bellway.”
Wakefield’s connectivity doesn’t end with road and rail either – there are an astonishing four international airports within an hour’s drive.
And the future of for the city looks as bright as its current outlook.
£70million is being spent on the Merchant Gate development£12.7million is being spent on the modernisation of the city’s two railway stations2,500 houses are planned on the 152-hectare City Fields urban extension project8,700 businesses now call Wakefield home, and double digit growth is anticipated in many of the key sectors they work in.
Culturally, Wakefield also punches above its weight. Over one-million people have now visited the Hepworth Gallery since it opened – making it one of the top three visited galleries in the UK outside London. And it’s also home to the country’s current ‘museum of the year”, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
And for those keen to focus on quality of life, 70 per cent of the district is picturesque green belt, and 70 per cent of the 327,600 people who call Wakefield home live within one mile of open countryside.
“We chose to build two developments in Wakefield because of the seemingly never-ending array of opportunities it presents”, added Melanie. “No matter which direction you look - business, employment, culture, leisure, travel – there are success stories to be seen. And all of them add up to make Wakefield the ideal place to find a home, and, of course, the ideal place to build one!”
Bellway’s two developments in Wakefield currently feature two, three and four bedroom homes, with prices ranging from £159,995 to £349,995 at City Fields, and from £197,995 to £381,995 at Red Hall Gardens.
To find more out visit www.bellway.co.uk or visit the on-site sales offices at both site, which are open Friday to Monday 10:30am to 5pm, and Thursday 10:30am to 7pm.