DEVELOPERS have submitted plans for hundreds of new homes on land next to one of Featherstone’s busiest roads.
Taylor Wimpey applied to Wakefield Council this month for outline planning permission to build 450 houses on land between Pontefract Road and Post Office Road.
The proposals also request approval for a new access road with traffic lights opposite The Junction Pub on Pontefract Road, and a public open space with a wildlife habitat.
Ben Coles, strategic land and planning manager of Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, said: “We don’t just want to build houses in Featherstone, we want to inject considerable investment in the area as a whole.
“If our planning application is granted, a variety of jobs will also be created during the construction phase, which will bring additional spending in Featherstone and in turn, help to boost the economy in the area.”
Developers says the scheme will meet housing needs in the local area with a provision of private and affordable housing.
The plans also include a recreational space and footpaths for dog walking and a wetland area for a vole habitat.
But residents told the Express last month they had concerns about the amount of traffic the development could bring to the area.
Katy Horton, of Pontefract Road, said: “My big worry is the traffic, which can already queue up as far as my house from the traffic lights.
“At the moment I can let my children play at the back of the house in safety but I wouldn’t want to let them out there if there were houses and a road at the back.
“It’s a nice private place at the moment and we’d lose all the privacy.”
Peter Malpass, who lives on the same road, added: “We’re not very happy about this at all. The traffic is bad enough as it is and this will just make it worse.”
Ian Thomson, service director for planning, transportation and highways, said: “The land north of Pontefract Road has been identified in the council’s latest Local Development Framework document as suitable for housing development with access to be provided from a new junction on Pontefract Road.
“The document has been subject to several stages of public consultation and found sound after an independent examination by a government planning inspector.
“The council has received a planning application. This will be processed through the normal procedure with opportunity for the public to express their views before any decision is made.”