PART II VOLUME 5
Western Area Proposals

 
North Wakefield & Stanley
2.1 EMPLOYMENT PROPOSALS
  2.1.1 Introduction
  2.1.2 Employment Zones
  2.1.3 Mineral Extraction Industries
 
2.2 HOUSING PROPOSALS
  2.2.1 Introduction
  2.2.2 Housing Sites
  2.2.3 Environmental Improvement of Existing Housing Areas
 
2.3 COMMUNITY FACILITIES PROPOSALS
  2.3.1 Introduction
 
2.4 TRANSPORT PROPOSALS
  2.4.1 Introduction
  2.4.2 Major Highway Schemes
 
2.5 ENVIRONMENT AND OPEN LAND PROPOSALS
  2.5.1 Introduction
  2.5.2 Archaeological Sites
  2.5.3 Sites of Scientific Interest
  2.5.4 Local Nature Reserves
  2.5.5 Green Belt
  2.5.6 Green Belt Settlements
  2.5.7 Open Land within Built Up Areas
  2.5.8 Protected Areas of Search for Long Term Development
  2.5.9 Land Reclamation
  2.5.10 Washlands
 
2.6 LEISURE PROPOSALS
  2.6.1 Introduction
  2.6.2 Playing Fields/Sports Grounds
  2.6.3 Community Use of Leisure Facilities
  2.6.4 Cycle Route Network
 
2.7 RETAILING PROPOSALS
  2.7.1 Introduction
 
2.8 SPECIAL POLICY AREAS AND SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE
  2.8.1 Introduction
  2.8.2 Special Policy Areas
   
 
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2.1 EMPLOYMENT PROPOSALS
2.1.1 Introduction
North Wakefield has a reasonably healthy industrial base, with a number of well-established industrial areas, and developing industrial estates. The older established areas provide a variety of jobs within the manufacturing and engineering sectors, although in some there is now little room for expansion. The Plan seeks to retain industry in these established areas, and where applicable, improvement works will be undertaken to provide for such things as better access and a cleaner environment to maintain and encourage investment. Emphasis will be placed on attracting B1 uses to this Community Area.
 
 
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2.1.2 Employment Zones
Policies relating to the identification and operation of Employment Zones are given in Section 5.6 of Volume 2. Existing employment areas will remain as such and for these areas Policy I5 states that there will be a presumption in favour of employment and ancillary uses and against other uses.
 
 
THE AREAS LISTED BELOW AND SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP ARE DESIGNATED EMPLOYMENT ZONES, WITHIN WHICH POLICY I5 WILL APPLY:
NWS 1 THORNES
 
This area lies between Thornes Road and the River Calder immediately to the south of Thornes Park. The area straddles a railway, which effectively splits it into two distinct parts. That part to the south of the railway is an industrial estate known as Monkton. There are access difficulties associated with the Thornes Road area and any new development or redevelopment will need to be accompanied by road improvements unless it can be proved that by its nature it will not lead to any serious increase in traffic flows. Development on the frontage to Thornes Road will not be acceptable. This area is included within the zone for the sole purpose of providing a suitable visual acknowledgement of the existence of the modern industrial development on site and to allow for a well-landscaped access. The Monkton Road Industrial Estate is considered to be a prime site for Canal-based industry. Calder Island, to the east of Denby Dale Road, has recently received planning permission for a mixed-use development of industry, warehousing, car sales, hotel and leisure. This is currently under construction.
Future Proposals to connect to the adjacent rail lines for transporting freight will be encouraged.
 
 
NWS 2 FLANSHAW
This estate is owned by the Council and approximately 8.5 hectares (21 acres) remain to be developed (see also NWS 64).
 
 
NWS 3 WESTGATE END/CALDER VALE/CALDER VALE SEWAGE WORKS
 
This area forms a belt of industry running from Thornes Lane Wharf and Calder Vale Sewage Works in the south and thence flanking the Kirkgate-Westgate railway line to Westgate End. It is divided into two parts by the Special Policy Area WCC 35. There is little vacant land remaining for further new development, except in the Calder Vale Sewage Works area. The full potential of this area, including the Wakefield Power Station site in the South and East Wakefield Community Area (see proposal SEW 2) can only be realised by the provision of new highway infrastructure linking the site to the Primary Road Network and to overcome local access problems. The comments on this site should be read in conjunction with SEW 2 Portobello / Fall Ings Employment Zone in the South East Wakefield Community Area and WCC 35 Wakefield Waterfront.
 
 
NWS 4 LINGWELL GATE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE: (WAKEFIELD 41 INDUSTRIAL PARK)
 
Outline permission for this privately-owned Industrial Estate was granted on appeal to the Secretary of State for the Environment in March 1973. Subsequently a number of other detailed and outline consents have been given. From the industrialists viewpoint the zone is ideally located being less than one mile from Junction 41 on the M1. Access from the M1 is via the A650, to which the site in turn is accessed from a roundabout. The zone covers an area of 94 hectares (approximately 232 acres) and is now substantially developed.
As a condition of the planning permission for the industrial estate, the developers were required to landscape an area between the industrial estate western boundary and the M1 motorway. To date, however, it has not been possible for the scheme to be implemented. Until this requirement has been met, the developers have agreed to reserve an alternative area, to the west of Lawns Lane, for landscaping. Hence this part of the employment zone is included within the designated Green Belt. As and when the original landscaping proposals are fulfilled the area west of Lawns Lane can then be considered for some form of industrial development, which has due regard to the proximity of housing. At such time a departure from the Plan will be necessary to allow development to proceed.
 
 
NWS 5 ROUNDWOOD
 
This is a privately owned industrial estate on the site of the former Roundwood Colliery. The site is now fully developed and enjoys easy access to Junction 40 of the M1.
 
 
NWS 6 CASTLEGATE
 
This is a long established area of light industry and warehousing which has recently been granted planning permission for redevelopment, including a passenger coach interchange.
 
 
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2.1.3 Mineral Extraction Industries
Opencast coal proposals which are put forward during the Plan period will be considered in the light of Policy OL9 in Volume 1.
 
 
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2.2 HOUSING PROPOSALS
2.2.1 Introduction
Section 6 of Volume 2 describes the role of the Plan in relation to the housing needs of the District.
New housing sites are allocated in accordance with criteria set out in Section 6 and Policy H6. They seek to meet the need for new housing by making best use of vacant and previously developed land within the existing settlements. Any further large scale proposals (over and above sites allocated in the Plan) are not required to meet the housing requirement set out in Policy H1.
 
 
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2.2.2 Housing Sites
   
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY H1 THE FOLLOWING SITES SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP ARE ALLOCATED FOR HOUSING AND RELATED PURPOSES:
NWS 9 THORNES ROAD, LUPSET
(0.4 HECTARES/1.0 ACRES)
 
Outline planning permission for 5 dwellings was approved in September 1998.
 
 
NWS 12 BATLEY ROAD, ALVERTHORPE
(8.1 HECTARES/20 ACRES APPROX.)
 
Planning permission for phase 1, 102 dwellings, was granted in December 1996. The site is under construction. Phase 2, 115 dwellings, was approved in February 1999. A development of 15 sheltered bungalows has been completed.
 
 
NWS 21 VICTORIA STREET, OUTWOOD
(0.6 HECTARES/1.5 ACRES APPROX)
 
This site is in Council ownership. It is required for future social housing.
 
 
NWS 22 IVY LANE, WAKEFIELD
(0.9 HECTARES/2 ACRES APPROX)
 
An application for full planning permission for 31 dwellings is currently being considered.
 
 
NWS 25 NORTH AVENUE, NEWTON HILL WAKEFIELD
(12 HECTARES/30 ACRES APPROX).
 
Full planning permission was granted for residential development on this site in February 2000. An element of affordable housing is required on this site and is to be provided via a condition attached to the corresponding outline permission.
 
 
NWS 67 ALVERTHORPE MILLS, FLANSHAW LANE, WAKEFIELD
(2.7 HECTARES)
 
Outline planning permission for residential development on the site of the mill premises was granted in January 1998. Adjoining land to the west is to be used for landscaping and open space.
 
 
NWS 68 MOORHOUSE AVENUE, STANLEY
(0.7 HECTARES)
 
Planning permission for a total of 29 dwellings has been approved on this site. Development is in progress.
 
 
NWS 69 THORNES MOOR ROAD, WAKEFIELD
(1.3 HECTARES)
 
This is a former industrial site where permission for residential development was granted an appeal in January 2000.
 
 
NWS 70 FORMER WESTGATE COMMON MILL, ALVERTORPE ROAD, WAKEFIELD
(2.1 HECTARES)
 
This is the site of former mill premises where permission for residential development is being sought. Residential is considered to be an appropriate use for the site.
 
 
NWS 71 FORMER VICTORIA MILLS, ALVERTORPE ROAD, WAKEFIELD
(1.0 HECTARES)
 
This is the site of former mill premises where permission for residential development is being sought. Residential is considered to be an appropriatme use for the site.
 
 
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2.2.3 Environmental Improvement of Existing Housing Areas
In accordance with the Central Government policy, and Council policies, improvements to the housing environment and the internal modernisation of older properties will continue during the Plan period (see Section 6.4 of Volume 2 and Policy H10 in Volume 1). All housing areas in the District have been investigated on the basis of provision of basic household amenities, residential environment and life of property. Areas which are not considered appropriate for declaration as Renewal Areas under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, may still be given priority for improvement. The areas listed below continue to be considered as priority for improvement.
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY H10 THE HOUSING AREAS LISTED BELOW AND SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP WILL BE TREATED AS PRIORITY AREAS FOR HOUSING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT:
NWS 28 MARSHALL STREET, STANLEY
 
NWS 29 SILVER STREET, OUTWOOD
 
NWS 30 PRINCESS STREET, OUTWOOD
 
NWS 31 WAKEFIELD ROAD, ROUNDWOOD
 
 
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2.3 COMMUNITY FACILITIES PROPOSALS
2.3.1 Introduction
The Council's Community Facility land use policy is stated in Section 9 of Volume 2. The provision of small scale facilities, such as those required by the Library Services or Social Services, normally require a site below the size threshold for inclusion in the Plan. Small sites to accommodate such uses are not therefore identified on the Proposals Map. Those facilities could be provided on parts of the sites allocated primarily for other purposes or on small sites within the existing urban areas.
 
 
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2.4 TRANSPORT PROPOSALS
2.4.1 Introduction
Section 4.6 of Volume 2 presents a package of policies which seek to ensure that the accessibility needs of all sections of the community are fully met for existing and new development through an acceptable level of investment.
The Local Transport Plan seeks to secure transport improvements by implementing measures that integrate all modes of transport, concentrating them in identified corridors. In the North Wakefield and Stanley community area there are three such corridors, Wakefield to Leeds, Wakefield to South Yorkshire and Wakefield to Dewsbury and Bradford.
The railway line between Wakefield and Pontefract was reopened for passenger services in 1992 which provides rail access from Knottingley, Pontefract, Featherstone and Streethouse into the Wakefield City Centre stations and on to Leeds. Improvements to the frequency and timing are needed but these are dependent on the Leeds West End scheme, started in 1999.
 
 
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2.4.2 Major Highway Schemes
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY T6 THE FOLLOWING SCHEMES AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP WILL BE PROTECTED FROM DEVELOPMENT PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS:
NWS 34 A61 - A642 LINK ROAD
 
This is a scheme to assist possible future development and to develop the strategic highway network by improving orbital routes to the north of the City. See also comments under NWS 25 and NWS 85.
 
 
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2.5 ENVIRONMENT AND OPEN LAND PROPOSALS
2.5.1 Introduction
Sections 3.5 to 3.7 of Volume 2 contain a range of policies related to the improvement or protection of the environment and open land. The Community Area exhibits a number of examples of good and poor environments and policies have been devised to retain or alleviate these as appropriate. Being mostly urban in character, the poor environments are usually associated with the older housing areas of Wakefield itself and parts of Stanley and Outwood. However, to the east of Wakefield lies an area of coal and mineral workings some of which are still active and others which have left a legacy of despoliation. Major long-term reclamation works are programmed for this area.
On the other hand, Wakefield has a wealth of fine buildings, distributed throughout a number of Conservation Areas (see paragraph 7.9.3 on Wakefield City Centre for details).
 
 
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2.5.2 Archaeological Sites
Section 3.6 of Volume 2 contains the policies, explanation and interpretive material relating to buildings and Site of Archaeological Interest. These are related to the North Wakefield and Stanley Community Area as follows:
 
 
POLICIES E13, E14, E15, E17, E18 AND E19 SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING AREAS LOCATED ON THE PROPOSALS MAP AS CLASS I AND CLASS II SITES OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL VALUE, REGISTERED ON THE COUNTY SITES AND MONUMENTS RECORD:
NWS 35 CLASS I LOWE HILL CASTLE MOUND, CLARENCE PARK, THORNES
 
NWS 36 CLASS II LAND BETWEEN DEWSBURY ROAD AND LOW LAITHES GOLF COURSE
(5 SEPARATE SITES)
 
NWS 37 CLASS II CLARKE HALL, ABERFORD ROAD, WAKEFIELD
 
NWS 38 CLASS II LAND ADJACENT STANLEY FERRY AQUEDUCT, STANLEY FERRY
 
NWS 39 CLASS II LAND OFF MOOREHOUSE AVENUE, BOTTOMBOAT
 
 
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2.5.3 Sites of Scientific Interest
Section 3.5 of Volume 2 sets out the general policies for the protection of sites of natural history or other scientific interest.
 
 
POLICIES E1-E4 SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING AREAS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP AS BEING OF SCIENTIFIC INTEREST:
NWS 40 STANLEY MARSH
 
This is a marshland complex of a high district significance, which is also designated as a Local Nature Reserve.
 
NWS 41 STANLEY FERRY FLASH
 
This is a large representative Typha marsh with associated reed swamp and marshland vegetation.
 
NWS 42 SOUTHERN WASHLANDS
 
The Southern Washlands is an excellent wildlife resource, which is still at a developing stage and shows considerable future potentimal.
 
 
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2.5.4 Local Nature Reserves
Section 3.5 of the Volume 2 sets out a range of policies for the protection and enhancement of habitats including Local Nature Reserves. The Council proposes to declare Local Nature Reserves under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. These are Council owned sites managed for the benefit of wildlife conservation, education and the enjoyment of the public.
 
 
POLICIES E1-E4 SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING AREAS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP AS A LOCAL NATURE RESERVE:
NWS 43 SOUTHERN WASHLANDS
 
See also NWS 40 STANLEY MARSH above.
 
 
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2.5.5 Green Belt
Section 10.5 of Volume 2 contains the policies, explanation and interpretive material relating to the Green Belt. This is related to the North Wakefield and Stanley Community Area by the following proposal:
 
POLICIES OL1, OL2 AND OL14-19 SHALL APPLY TO THE AREAS SHOWN AS GREEN BELT ON THE PROPOSALS MAP.
 
 
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2.5.6 Green Belt Settlements
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY OL16 INFILL BOUNDARIES ARE IDENTIFIED FOR THE FOLLOWING SETTLEMENT ON THE APPROPRIATE INSET MAP, WITHIN WHICH LIMITED RESIDENTIAL INFILL WILL NORMALLY BE PERMITTED:
NWS 72 CARR GATE
 
 
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2.5.7 Open Land within Built Up Areas
The objectives and concept of Green Belts, as set out in Section 10.5 of Volume 2 of the Plan, require that Green Belt designation should be applied to continuous areas of open countryside surrounding or enclosing a built-up area. It is therefore inappropriate to apply Green Belt designation to areas of land included within the built-up area. Where these are intended to be protected from development, a similarly restrictive policy may be applied, however, as provided in policy OL3. This policy, together with a detailed explanation, is set out in Section 10.5 of Volume 2. It will be apparent from this that such areas will be protected by the Planning Authority on the same basis as Green Belt, but not formally designated as such for the reasons explained.
   
 
POLICY OL3 SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING AREA SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP:
NWS 44 WRENTHORPE VALLEY
 
 
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2.5.8 Protected Areas of Search for Long Term Development
There are certain areas which are not allocated for development in the Plan but which are not considered appropriate for inclusion in the Green Belt. These areas are designated Protected Areas of Search for Long Term Development. A detailed explanation of this approach is set out in Section 10.5 of Volume 2.
 
 
POLICY OL4 SHALL APPLY TO THE AREAS SHOWN AS PROTECTED AREAS OF SEARCH FOR LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT ON THE PROPOSALS MAP:
NWS 45 LUPSET
 
Land adjoining Snapethorpe School.
   
 
NWS 46 LOFTHOUSE COLLIERY
 
Site of former Lofthouse Colliery and adjoining disused railway "triangle".
   
 
NWS 47 STANLEY HALL
 
Land including Stanley Hall adjacent to Aberford Road.
   
 
NWS 48 NORTH OF RUSKIN AVENUE
 
Land between Ruskin Avenue and the Leeds - London Railway line.
 
 
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2.5.9 Land Reclamation
There are no new reclamation proposals in this Community Area. However, the Welbeck land reclamation scheme referred to in the Normanton Community Area is a long term proposal, which although started, will continue throughout the Plan period. Planning permission for reclamation by landfilling with colliery spoil and controlled waste over an area covering 197 hectares in the Calder Valley east of Wakefield was granted in April 1997. The net landfill capacity is 14 million cubic metres. The site comprises former collieries and their associated surface areas and spoil tips together with large areas of former sand and gravel workings.
The intention is to progressively reclaim and restore the area by 2018. The disposal of household, commercial and industrial waste will be an integral part of the scheme.
Final afteruses for the scheme will be compatible with the Green Belt designation of the area and will include a mixture of agriculture, forestry and outdoor recreation.
 
 
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2.5.10 Washlands
The following proposal is included in the interests of the proper land drainage and flood prevention of the area. Further information is included in Section 10.5 of Volume 2.
 
 
WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS WHICH ARE SHOWN AS WASHLANDS ON THE PROPOSALS MAP, POLICY OL6 WILL APPLY:
NWS 49 MILLFIELD LAGOONS
 
Land to the east of the M1 and North of the River Calder.
 
NWS 50 THORNES
 
Land to the south of Thornleigh Avenue and North of the River Calder.
 
NWS 51 SOUTH OF BOTTOMBOAT
 
NWS 52 EAST OF STANLEY SEWAGE WORKS
 
NWS 53 BETWEEN SMALLEY BIGHT/STANLEY FERRY
 
NWS 54 WELBECK SOUTHERN WASHLAND
 
NWS 73 STANLEY FERRY FLASH
 
NWS 74 LEE MOOR BECK
 
NWS 75 BALNE BECK
 
NWS 76 ALVERTHORPE BECK
 
NWS 77 LINGWELL GATE BECK
 
NWS 78 PONDS AT WELBECK
 
 
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2.6 LEISURE PROPOSALS
2.6.1 Introduction
Information and policies on leisure are outlined in Section 8.6 of Volume 2. Generally speaking, North Wakefield is adequately provided with open space and playing fields although several local deficiencies are catered for in the Plan.
 
 
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2.6.2 Playing Fields/Sports Grounds
Section 8.6 of Volume 2 outlines the advantages of grouping facilities in accessible locations.
   
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICIES L1 AND L2 ADDITIONAL SPORTS PITCHES WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATION, AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP, SUBJECT TO AVAILABLE RESOURCES:
NWS 56 FERRY LANE, PLAYING FIELDS STANLEY FERRY
 
Additional pitches to be provided.
 
 
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2.6.3 Community Use of Leisure Facilities
Section 8.6 of Volume 2 outlines the importance of better utilising existing facilities and buildings.
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICY L4 FACILITIES, INCLUDING BUILDINGS AND PLAYING FIELDS, AT THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR USE BY THE COMMUNITY:
NWS 57 OUTWOOD GRANGE SCHOOL
 
NWS 58 WAKEFIELD CITY HIGH SCHOOL
 
NWS 60 THE CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
 
NWS 61 SNAPETHORPE JUNIOR SCHOOL
 
NWS 62 ST. MICHAELS CE PRIMARY (J&I) SCHOOL
 
NWS 63 HEATH VIEW COMMUNITY PRIMARY (J&I) SCHOOL
   
 
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2.6.4 Cycle Route Network
In addition to the provision of cycle tracks and cycle lanes within the highway, principally to encourage more cycle commuting, the main opportunities for cycle network development include a Wakefield to Leeds route through Stanley, Outwood and Lofthouse Gate, The Aire and Calder Cycleway (from Dewsbury to Castleford), The Trans Pennine Trail national route, a north Wakefield orbital route connecting several major development sites, and a Wakefield to Normanton route skirting Welbeck.
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICIES T16 AND T20 THE FOLLOWING LINKS ARE SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP AS PROPOSED CYCLE ROUTES:
NWS 79 AIRE AND CALDER CYCLEWAY (NATIONAL CYCLE NETWORK)
 
Part of the cycle route is shown on the Wakefield City Centre Inset Map.
 
NWS 80 WAKEFIELD - LEEDS ROUTE
 
NWS 81 TRANS PENNINE TRAIL (NATIONAL CYCLE NETWORK)
 
NWS 82 NORTH WAKEFIELD ORBITAL CYCLEWAY
 
NWS 83 A642 ABERFORD ROAD
 
NWS 84 RIDINGS ESTATE - OUTWOOD STATION
 
 
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2.7 RETAILING PROPOSALS
2.7.1 Introduction
Section 7.6 of Volume 2 details the policies relating to retail development in the District. Proposals for Wakefield City Centre are included in Section 7 of this volume.
Elsewhere in the Community Area, proposals put forward in existing district centres will be considered in the context of Policy S1. Local shops will be encouraged in accordance with Policy S4.
 
 
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2.8 SPECIAL POLICY AREAS AND SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE
2.8.1 Introduction
Certain areas in the Plan are considered suitable for more than one use, or need to be developed in the context of a primary use supported by ancillary or complementary uses. Such areas are designated "Special Policy Areas" (as detailed below).
Areas, which are considered to warrant the preparation of Supplementary Planning Guidance, are referred to within the text accompanying the specific allocations in the Community Area. Supplementary Planning Guidance may also be prepared for other allocations, major development sites and areas of conflicting or incremental development proposals, as such proposals arise or appear imminent. These may need to take priority over those specifically referred to in the Plan.
 
 
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2.8.2 Special Policy Areas
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCILS DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND IN PARTICULAR POLICY I3, TOGETHER WITH POLICY L1, LAND NORTH OF DEWSBURY ROAD, EAST OF JUNCTION 40 OF THE M1 AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP IS DESIGNATED AS A SPECIAL POLICY AREA:
NWS 64 JUNCTION 40, DEWSBURY ROAD
 
In accordance with the Industrial Strategy of the Plan outlined in Volume 1 this site has been identified as a major industrial site. That part of the site between the existing Flanshaw Industrial Estate and Dewsbury Road was previously designated as "Presumption Against Development" on the Western Local Plan with a Council resolution to release this, subject to it being required, through a planning application for a large user (defined as exceeding 6 hectares). The requirement for "large users" is retained for this Special Policy Area except for B1 uses. Although the site in total amounts to approximately 40 Hectares (100 acres) only 24 Hectares (60 acres) will be given over to industrial or business uses (restricted to Class B1, B2, and B8 uses). The remainder will be used for landscaping and open space purposes, particularly around the perimeter of the site, with special attention along the Dewsbury Road frontage where development will be restricted to the lower lying parts of the land, previously covered by the PAD designation. The additional area to the west, which is currently Green Belt, will not have a developed frontage onto Dewsbury Road (except for access) and development will, as far as possible, take account of the topography of the area, thus reducing its impact. Public access will be increased by the creation of new footpath and cycle track links, particularly along the northern boundary and in the north west corner of the site where the lines of former railways marking the boundaries of the site, meet.
Development of the site will be dependent on the construction of a new link road from Dewsbury Road at Queens Drive to Flanshaw Way at the developers expense together with possible improvement measures to Dewsbury Road, the M1 Junction 40 and certain junctions on Flanshaw Lane, in accordance with Policy T2 and paragraph 4.6.12 of Volume 2. This will alleviate existing local traffic problems associated with Flanshaw Industrial Estate. Surface water will discharge to Alverthorpe Beck, which is currently at capacity and subject to flooding. Development will therefore be dependent on comprehensive flow balancing.
The link road, landscaping/open space proposals and comprehensive flow balancing will be required to be provided prior to the commencement of any industrial use of the site.
Supplementary Planning Guidance for the development of this site in the form of a Development Brief was approved by the Council in April 1995. Planning permission for a business park comprising business, general industry, warehousing, food and drink and hotel uses has been granted subject to completion of a Section 106 Agreement regarding highway improvements at the junction of Batley Road and Flanshaw Lane.
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICIES I3, H1 AND L1, LAND AT SNOWHILL AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP IS DESIGNATED AS A SPECIAL POLICY AREA:
NWS 65 LAND AT SNOWHILL
(67.6 HECTARES/ 167 ACRES)
 
The Unitary Development Plan recognises the strategic location of this currently undeveloped land.
 
West of A650
This major part of the Special Policy Area is proposed to be primarily and substantially developed as a strategic B1 business park in a well landscaped environmental setting. Future development will be comprehensive and well balanced, providing good employment opportunities for the Wakefield area.
With the office (B1) requirement as the overriding qualification, other quality job creation complementary to that use may be acceptable. Such other development will be judged strictly on its merits, but could include institutional uses (e.g. residential school, college or training centre), hotel, and in certain circumstances restaurants as associated uses. Any retail or leisure uses would be restricted in line with Unitary Development Plan and Planning Policy Guidance 6. Pubs and restaurants will for example be encouraged to locate in existing and proposed local centres. General industry and warehousing (other than ancillary) would be inappropriate on this site. The provision of segregated routes for pedestrians linking to bus services, for cyclists in accordance with the District’s network, and for horse riders will be important aspects of this development. All development will be progressed in line with prevailing Government guidance.
There is no longer a requirement to relocate 22 ha of playing fields. The most appropriate use for the land previously earmarked for playing fields/sports facilities has not yet been determined. For the time being, therefore, development will be restricted to that which is necessary for the operation of existing uses together with such temporary uses as would not prejudice the possibility of long-term development.
 
West of A61 / East of A650
i) The current open, undeveloped nature of the land between the rear of properties fronting the A61 Leeds Road and the A650 will be retained, thus preserving the green buffer adjacent to the A650
ii) An exception to the above will occur in the area to the north of Red Hall Lane which is currently unused, having previously contained a terrace of residential properties and it would be appropriate to accept a well landscaped hotel/motel development on this site
Supplementary Planning Guidance for development of the Snowhill and Newton Hill areas was approved in July 1997. This will be revised to accord with the above proposal.
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICIES H1 AND L2 LAND AT STANLEY ROYD HOSPITAL AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP IS DESIGNATED AS A SPECIAL POLICY AREA:
NWS 66 STANLEY ROYD HOSPITAL
 
This site of approximately 10 Hectares/24 acres comprises buildings and grounds associated with Stanley Royd Hospital. This site has become surplus to the requirements of the Health Authority and is available for redevelopment. Whilst recognising that residential development would be appropriate, other forms of development, probably of a commercial nature will be considered if it can be shown that it will integrate into the land use and highway context of the site. The development will be progressed in line with prevailing Government guidance including PPG6. Any development will also have to recognise the importance of the open space in amenity terms, and any scheme will need to incorporate suitable landscaping to enhance the value of what already exists. An element of affordable housing will be required as part of any residential development on this site in accordance with UDP policy H4. The existing cricket ground shall be retained or replaced unless it can be shown that provision meets the needs of the population.
Supplementary Planning Guidance in the form of a Development Strategy was approved by the Council for the Stanley Royd Hospital site in July 1997.
 
 
IN ACCORDANCE WITH POLICIES H1 AND L2 LAND AT PINDERFIELDS HOSPITAL AS SHOWN ON THE PROPOSALS MAP IS DESIGNATED AS A SPECIAL POLICY AREA:
NWS 85 PINDERFIELDS HOSPITAL
 
Pinderfields Hospital occupies an extensive site on the eastern fringe of the city centre bounded by residential and institutional uses and a housing allocation site. It may become surplus to Health Authority requirements within the Plan period and adjoining land may be developed to provide a new hospital facility. A decision on the future use of the hospital site and adjoining land is expected to be made by the Health Authority early in the Plan period. The whole area is therefore designated a Special Policy Area to provide the Council with the flexibility to put forward mixed and if necessary alternative land use proposals in supplementary planning guidance. It will help to secure a balanced development, which maintains and enhances the amenity value of the land and will also address issues such as access. The development will be progressed in line with prevailing Government guidance including PPG 6.
A strategic highway band of interest to be safeguarded crosses the site; the A61-A642 Link Road will be required to be constructed in conjunction with the development of the Special Policy Area and the Newton Hill housing allocation (NWS 25). A traffic impact assessment will be required to accompany development proposals so that traffic implications and proposed highway works across the local highway network can be fully considered.
Sewers cross the site and certain former water supply mains should be capped. On site surface water balancing may allow discharge to the sewer on Barr Lane but a pumping station will be required. A noise assessment may be required in relation to housing redevelopment proposals. Proposals for retention and conversion of buildings of architectural and historic interest and retention of open space including playing fields, will be important elements in any future redevelopment scheme. Housing development proposals should include affordable housing and special needs provision.
Supplementary Planning Guidance will be prepared for this Special Policy Area following the Health Authority’s decision on the future of the Pinderfields Hospital site.
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