Wakefield Council lends support to SME builders

Wakefield Council lends support to SME builders

Wakefield Council has launched a new campaign offering support to small and medium-sized housebuilders in a bid to increase housing development across the district.

The Wakefield Builds campaign will strengthen relationships between developers and the council so they can work together to meet the target of 1,600 new homes per year stated under the terms of the Local Development Framework.

The council will hold regular conference briefings with SME builders throughout the year, offering updates and advice regarding legislation, and new services and support.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: "Wakefield Builds recognises the critical role that small and medium-sized housebuilders have in meeting our new homes target across the district. 

"By providing that extra level of support we can help SME builders realise their ambitions, while meeting our goals of building more new homes and also boosting the district's economy." 

Andrew Watson, managing director of Castleford-based Strategic Team Group, added: "Wakefield Builds is an extremely positive move by the Council, it shows commitment to supporting developers to overcome the challenges and hurdles they face, in planning and new homes development.

“It also shows a positive and constructive approach to building relationships with developers to understand new legislation, which can only help more new homes to be built in the future." 

The scheme will launch during next week’s Wakefield Business Week, where developers will be able to meet with officers from the council’s Strategic Housing, Planning and Business Support teams. 


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