Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council has granted outline planning approval for a new 26ha, residential led development in Castleford, which has the potential to deliver a mix of uses including up to 1,400 new homes, extra care provision and a new local centre.

The application, which was submitted by specialist consultancy HOW Planning, involves the regeneration of the former C6 works and Nestle site and is being developed by Castleford Riverside Regeneration Ltd.

Plans also include the demolition of existing buildings and all necessary remediation works associated with the brownfield site, which sits within the Aire River Growth Corridor Housing Zone.

Says Rhian Smith, Senior Planner at HOW Planning: “This site has been acknowledged as a key part of the wider regeneration plans for Castleford Town Centre and neighbouring residential areas. It is ideally suited for this type of development which will make a significant contribution to Wakefield’s housing growth target.”

Says David Frohnsdorff of Castleford Riverside Regeneration Ltd: “This is a great result and we are looking forward to making a start on development which will deliver much needed regeneration to this part of Castleford. There will be huge investment in the local economy and we believe the new population generated by the housing will benefit local businesses and services, positively impacting on the area for many years to come.”

HOW Planning provided both planning and environmental advice and worked with rCOH and Fore Consulting to develop the proposals which include:

  • Up to 1,400 residential units (C3);
  • Up to 300m2 retail uses (A1);
  • Up to 650m2 professional and services uses (A2/A3/A4);
  • Up to 1,400m2 extra care provision (C2);
  • Up to 2,000m2 hotel (C1); and
  • Up to 1,000m2 health/ crèche facilities (D1).