Anger as new homes plan near Town End junction a step closer

Town End traffic lights Pontefract
Town End traffic lights Pontefract

Pontefract councillor Geoff Walsh has branded a decision to grant outline planning permission for new homes near Town End junction ‘ridiculous.’

Coun Walsh, residents and Pontefract Civic Society had objected the plans as they claimed the proposed access road to 22 new homes just off Wakefield Road would be too close to the notorious junction.

But council planners granted outline permission at a meeting last Thursday.

Speaking after the meeting Coun Walsh said: “It’s ridiculous. I am very, very unhappy because whatever we are trying to do to Town End has just been put back yet again.

“I don’t think that people are truly aware of how difficult Town End junction is.”

Access to the new development would be from a new road off Wakefield Road, around 60 yards away from Town End junction.

Work to change the junction back to two roundabouts is expected to get underway next month as the council still need to buy some land near the site.

Coun Walsh added: “This is an unexpected addition to the junction and I suspect we will have to see it tested live to see the impact it will have.

“Wakefield Road does need improving but we need to make sure that any improvements aren’t compromising the junction.

“I will continue campaigning to make sure that whatever does come forward in the full application has the minimum negative impact.”

No-one from Townsend Planning Consultants, acting on behalf of the applicants Messrs Duffy and Davies, was available for comment.