New Homes Proposed at Aketon Road, Castleford

The Site

The site relates to approximately 1.7 hectares of land at the former Castleford Swimming Pool site at Aketon Road, Castleford.

EQUANS (part of the ENGIE Group), in association with Wakefield and District Housing, are proposing to provide 69 affordable homes on this site within the urban area of Castleford.

What is Proposed?

EQUANS (part of the ENGIE Group), in association with Wakefield and District Housing, are currently preparing a full planning application which will be submitted to Wakefield Council for 69 new homes.

The application proposes a mix of 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes, areas of public open space and the retention of existing trees along the boundaries to create an attractive development. Each dwelling will have its own good-sized private garden in addition to the extensive and attractive public areas.

The new homes have been designed to be in keeping with the surrounding area, respecting the character and appearance of this part of Castleford and providing access to the adjacent recreational space at Saville Park.

The development will be accessed from an improved access point from Aketon Road and each home will have its own dedicated car parking provision.

About the Developer

EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, specialises in regeneration and the provision of smart buildings, green mobility, district and embedded energy and decentralised renewables .

As the leading provider of regeneration services in the UK, EQUANS is passionate about creating vibrant, efficient and sustainable communities, using integrated energy and services which make a real difference to people’s lives.

Working with local authorities, landowners, private sector funders and registered providers, EQUANS delivers thousands of new homes every year, as well as community regeneration, energy efficient retrofit solutions and repairs, maintenance and refurbishment.

Wakefield and District Housing was established in 2005 and are now one of the UK’s largest social housing providers, with over 32,000 homes across the Wakefield district and across the north of England. Their vision is to create confident communities, which is underpinned by their mission to inspire, transform and promote excellence, and their values: to be creative, inclusive and work with integrity.

Planning Policy

The site is within the main urban area of Castleford and proposes an affordable housing scheme on previously-developed land in a sustainable location with good access to schools, services and public transport. This establishes the principle for suitable development in this location, which will be assessed against all the relevant Local Plan Policies as part of the planning submission.

At a local level, Wakefield Council requires all new development to make a positive contribution to the environment and amenity of its locality by virtue of high-quality design, layout and landscaping.

The proposed development will regenerate this site by providing high-quality new homes with landscaping and open space to create a harmonious scheme within this part of Castleford.

The application will also be supported by planning drawings as well as the following reports:

  • Design and Access Statement
  • Planning Statement
  • Statement of Community Involvement
  • Detailed Landscape Proposals
  • Transport Assessment and Travel Plan
  • Ecological Appraisal
  • Tree Survey
  • Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Assessment
  • Ground Investigation Report
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Noise Impact Assessment
  • Sustainability Statement

What Happens Next?

Thank you for visiting this consultation website.

We welcome your views and comments on these proposals, which will be taken into account in the final planning application submission. Please use the feedback form above or send these directly to us by email:

The deadline for comments is 30th August 2022. A full planning application will be submitted shortly afterwards.

Once the planning application is submitted and validated by the Council, you will also have the opportunity to send your comments directly to Wakefield Council via their Public Access website.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your feedback and comments are appreciated.





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