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New homes in Castleford approved

17 July 2023

Wakefield Councillors have voted to progress the development of 201 new homes in the Whitwood area of Castleford

Members of Wakefield Council’s planning committee has approved Persimmon’s plans for phase 2 of our Sycamore Gardens development in the Whitwood area of Castleford.

201 new homes will be provided on the site located close to junction 31 of the M62.

Homebuyers will be able to choose from a mix of properties ranging from bungalows and one-bedroom properties through to 2, 3 and 4 bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached houses. The bungalows will be fully adaptable to meet the needs of wheelchair users.

60 of the 201 new homes will be transferred to a local housing association offering properties for social rent as well as intermediate or shared ownership.



The development will boast two main areas of public open space including a children’s play area. Cycle and pedestrian links will also be created, linking the development to local amenities including a local play park as well as through to the local primary school.

Every house will be completely gas free with properties powered by air source heat pumps. Each home will also benefit from having an electric vehicle charging point.

A 10% diversity net gain will be delivered using nearby land, while nearly £400,000 will be paid to Wakefield Council via the Community Infrastructure Levy. Another £145,000 will go towards improving local bus stops and bus services in the area.



James Parkin, Land Director at Persimmon West Yorkshire said: ‘We’re pleased that committee members have voted to reaffirm the Council’s recommendation for approval. The scheme offers an exciting opportunity to provide much needed family housing in Castleford.

“As well as providing a mix of house sizes for families and downsizers, home owners will enjoy significant areas of green space, cycle routes, play areas and new footpaths.

“This proposed scheme will also provide over half a million pounds in funding for local transport and wider infrastructure improvements.”


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