Proposal for 50 affordable dwellings at the site of the former Chantry House, Wakefield


Social housing provider, WDH is working in partnership with Wakefield Council to bring forward this exciting new housing development. WDH is preparing to submit a planning application which seeks full planning permission for the construction of 50 affordable dwellings at the site of the former Chantry House, 123 Kirkgate, Wakefield. The proposed new development will be owned and managed by WDH.

Undertaking public consultation with local households and businesses in advance of submitting a planning application is an important part of the process for WDH as it allows members of the public and the local community to engage with the vision for the site and to provide valuable feedback in relation to the proposals.


Since WDH was established in 2005, they have gone from strength to strength. They are now one of the UK’s largest social housing providers, with over 32,000 homes across the Wakefield district and their wider operating area across the north of England.

WDH’s vision is to create confident communities. This is underpinned by their mission which is to inspire, transform and promote excellence and their values – to be creative, inclusive and work with integrity.

WDH is much more than bricks and mortar. They go the extra mile to deliver excellent customer services.

Site Description

The site is outlined in red on the aerial image below and comprises a parcel of brownfield land located to the southeast of the A61/Kirkgate roundabout. To the east of the site lies residential development and to the north lies the Kirkgate roundabout beyond which lies Wakefield City centre. To the west, lies the recently developed West Yorkshire History Centre.

The Proposed Development

The proposed development seeks to erect 50 new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership.

The proposed layout is shown below and comprises of a mix of three-bedroom, 3-storey townhouses and one and two-bedroom apartments.

Access into the site will be gained from the north via John Street and from the south via Brunswick Street. In connection with Ingwell Street, an internal access road is proposed within the site, in conjunction with provision for parking.

The proposed development will use materials sympathetic to the local area in order to integrate seamlessly with the surrounding properties. This will be further reinforced through the implementation of both hard and soft landscaping that will enhance the proposed development.

The scheme aims to provide a genuine mix of housing options including affordable rent and shared ownership. The proposed development will help to address a shortage of affordable housing identified in the district.

Community Consultation (19/01/23) Display Boards

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Providing your Feedback

We would like to hear your views on the proposed development before a planning application is submitted. Here’s how you can get involved:

We invite you to come along and have a chat with us at: West Yorkshire History Centre, 127 Kirkgate between 10:30am and 5pm on Thursday 19th January 2023.

At the event you’ll be able to view the proposals and discuss them with our team.

We’re keen to hear your views so please leave your comments on the feedback form on the website or alternatively please post your comments to DPP, One Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5HN. Please send your comments to us by 26th January 2023.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Proposed Site Plan

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Proposed Townhouse Plans (Type H)

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Proposed Apartment Elevations

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Proposed Proposed Townhouse Plans (Type G)

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Proposed Landscape Masterplan

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Proposed Apartment Floor Plans

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