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Wakefield East Urban Extension and Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR)

Working on behalf of a Consortium of Landowners and Housebuilders, Spawforths identified the opportunity for a significant urban extension to Wakefield. We secured an allocation for a Mixed Use Urban Extension in the Wakefield Local Plan for 150 acres of land to be removed from the Green Belt.  It is one of four key Housing Growth Zones in the Leeds City Region and, when fully developed, will deliver 2,500 homes, significant jobs, a new Local Centre and the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR).  

We have now either secured planning permission, or have prepared planning applications for the majority of the site, the district centre and commercial development, having co-ordinated the planning applications, Environmental Statements and Masterplan Framework.  Where planning permission has been secured, development is either built and occupied, or under construction on site. 

Spawforths also secured planning permission for the whole of the WERR (also known as Neil Fox Way) on behalf of Wakefield Council.  This was a £33 million scheme funded by the West Yorkshire+ Transport Fund.  The road has helped address the infrastructure deficit, facilitate future development including the Wakefield East urban extension providing much needed new homes and jobs, ease congestion in the City Centre and improve air quality.  Spawforths acted as lead consultants, which involved co-ordination of the full consultant team and environmental impact assessments.  Now constructed and operational, this 5.5km road required both a railway and river bridge crossing and provides a strategic link around the east of Wakefield.  The Environmental Assessment focused upon heritage, flood, noise and air quality matters and demonstrated a package of mitigation measures to address areas of potential significant impact.

Services provided by Spawforths:

  • Community Engagement and Consultation
  • Development Appraisals
  • Development Strategies
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Planning Applications and Negotiations

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At Spawforths we are proud to act as trusted advisers to a wide range of clients including private individuals, businesses, charities and the public sector. If you would like further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

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National Custom & Self Build Association
Passive House Designer
West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
RTPI Chartered Town Planner
RIBA Chartered Practice
The Academy of Urbanism
Landscape Institute Registered Practice
IEMA Quality Mark
Smarter Planning Champion
Place Alliance