Plans to ease traffic congestion and improve the town centre in Featherstone are moving forward.
Wakefield Council’s cabinet approved a three-year Featherstone Delivery Plan at a meeting on Tuesday, March 4.
The report includes completing the Green Lane link road, redeveloping the Girnhill Lane Estate and land on Pontefract Road with new homes, improving rail travel with an enhanced timetable on the Pontefract line and improving neglected areas of the town centre.
The project, which will now go before full council, will also look at whether a south Featherstone bypass is needed and an assessment will be carried out to see what impact it would have on the town.
Land at Lister Lane could be redeveloped, cycle routes would be improved and the Featherstone Lions ARLFC club would be renovated with new football pitches and a clubhouse extension.
The proposed Nine Lakes Forest Park linking Featherstone and Newmillerdam is also part of the project. It would see the construction of an outdoor leisure trail encompassing forests, waterways, cyclepaths and bridleways and could create a Gateway Centre in Featherstone.
The scheme is expected to create new jobs, support business growth and encourage retail development and public realm improvements.
It is part of the longer-term Local Development Framework local plan, which runs until 2021.
Coun Denise Jeffery (pictured left), cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The delivery plan supports regeneration opportunities in Featherstone.
“It shows our commitment to promoting the town’s retail offering, creating a more vibrant and attractive town centre and supporting new housing developments despite on-going financial pressures.”