Have your say on Castleford ‘masterplan’

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration in Carlton Street.
Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration in Carlton Street.

People are being asked to have their say on plans to build more homes and create jobs in Castleford.

The district council is planning to team up with private developers to see more houses built as part of the Castleford Masterplan.

Homes will be built in the Aire River Corridor, an area which will benefit from public funding after being classed as a “housing zone” by the government.

Consultation events were held Friday and Saturday at Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre in Castleford.

An exhibition about the masterplan will also be on display until August 15 at Castleford Forum Library, on Carlton Street.

Council leader Peter Box said: “Future housing plans are being developed for Castleford and it is important that we hear the views of the local community to help us identify all the key issues and priorities for the area.

“The information that we have gathered so far, and that we will gather during the exhibitions, will help to shape a masterplan that benefits everyone.

“I encourage as many people as possible to come along and have their say, or take part in the consultation online.

“It is vitally important that we capture local people’s views about the future of the town.”

The Aire River Corridor is one of 20 housing zones established outside of London and has been allocated £261,000 by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The council said on its website: “We believe this is a positive step for Castleford that will bring much needed houses and jobs to the area and bring back into use brownfield sites that have stood derelict for years.”

Wakefield Council said there would be a second consultation once the masterplan had been drawn up. To find out more log on to www.wakefield.gov.uk/fivetowns.