Masterplan unveiled for City Fields development

A new masterplan for Wakefield’s City Fields development is going on display – giving people the opportunity to take a look and comment on the proposals.

The new development is being created on land near to the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, which is currently being constructed. The 5.5km road will provide a link around the city from Aberford Road in the north to Doncaster Road in the south, and will offer faster links to key roads and motorways.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “City Fields is a very exciting development which will support housing, growth and economic prosperity in our district. So I’d like to encourage residents and business people to have a look and share their views with us.”

Wakefield Council intends to create 2,500 new homes, parks, opportunities for cycling and walking, retail facilities, and business premises at City Fields.

An earlier masterplan was produced in 2013, and this new masterplan will build on that work and provide more detail.

It will outline a vision to guide the new development with proposed uses for the land. It will also show how people will be able to travel around the area on foot, by bicycle, car or public transport.

The plan will also explain how the area will be developed and show how streets and open spaces are to be connected.

The new road will cross the Wakefield Kirkgate to Normanton railway line and River Calder on new bridges. Footpaths linking to the Trans-Pennine Trail will run alongside the new road and new woodland and wetlands will be created to attract wildlife. Space for public seating and art will also be put in place.

People can see the masterplan on St. Peter’s Church Hall Kirkthorpe Lane, Wakefield WF1 5SZ on Friday 11 November from 3pm to 7pm. Or at St. Swithuns Community Centre Arncliffe Road, Wakefield WF1 4RR on Saturday 12 November from 1pm to 5pm. Or they can share their views by calling 01924 306630 or by emailing