West Yorkshire Combined Authority has scrapped plans to relocate some of its departments to Wakefield.

Wakefield Council had set aside £1.1m to build new office space and facilities to accommodate WYCA at its Wakefield One headquarters building.

In July last year, the council’s cabinet approved the injection of the sum into its capital programme to cover office fit-out costs at the city centre building.

A report says WYCA has now formally advised the council that they no longer require the space in Wakefield One.

The report adds: “This project is now ceased and the monies need to be removed from the programme.

“Any subsequent proposal on the use of space in Wakefield would need a new decision by cabinet.”

WYCA approached the council last year with a request for office space, mainly for use by the policing and crime team and violence reduction unit (VRU).

“Flexible accommodation” was also sought to accommodate other WYCA departments and West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin’s office.

Plans included transforming the building’s upper ground floor to include a minimum of 68 extra desks, meeting rooms, kitchen facility and a “break out space within a fully secured and soundproof environment.”

The scheme was intended to enable WYCA staff to “work in a more hybrid and transformed manner.”

Following the decision not to complete the move, the council’s cabinet approved the removal of £1.1m from the capital programme at a meeting on Tuesday.