The proposals for 500 new homes and land for a new school were approved
by Bradford Council back in May 2018, however after concerns were raised by
residents, the Secretary of State decided to 'call-in' the scheme. This means the decision will be taken out of
Bradford Council’s hands and given to the Planning Inspectorate.
A public inquiry will now be held into the development on land at
Sun Lane and Ilkley Road. The public inquiry has been set for 14th May
1000-1600 and is expected to last up to 8 days.
Residents will be aware that
an e-petition was launched to encourage Bradford Council debate the issue of
hosting the Sun Lane Planning Inquiry in Burley, rather than in Bradford. Following careful consideration of the views expressed, Bradford Council
has now decided to hold the full Inquiry at the Queens Hall in
Burley. However, if for any reason the Inspector
considers the venue unsuitable, whether this be on arrival or during the course
of the Inquiry, it may be relocated and take place at City Hall, Bradford.
can check progress on this inquiry through the Planning Portal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk using case reference APP/W4705/V/18/3208020
David Wildsmith has been appointed to conduct the planning inspection
and has stated that all ‘interested persons’ will have the opportunity to
speak. During preliminary meetings the inspector has stressed that he will not
hear people repeating the same points adequately made by other speakers, and
has suggested that people may like to co-ordinate delivery of the key points
that need to be conveyed.
Speakers are encouraged to tell Bradford Council in advance of their
intention to speak, and where possible to deposit any evidence or papers in
support with their arguments with Bradford Council by 23rd April so that all
parties can consider them. It’s worth noting that both barristers and the
inspector can question anyone who wishes to speak.
Bradford Council have committed will write to everyone who has already
communicated with them with regards the planning inspection, and CEG intend to
create a website with all the documentation on it accessible via Bradford
Council’s website. The key documents are expected to cover the main arguments
CEG wish to address which are: planning law, highways, ecology, highways,
education, landscape, flooding / drainage and design. Hard copy documents of
all papers to be discussed in the proceedings are to be made accessible for
reading in the Queens Hall once they are publically available.
Parish Council Position
The Parish Council has
submitted a 48 page representation to the Inquiry outlining that proposals for
housing development will be supported when they would not result in the loss of
an open space identified as being important to the community. The Parish
Council are not opposed to more new homes in the village, and indeed fully
supported the planning application for several new housing developments such as
new homes at Greenholme Mills (149 homes), but the proposal for 500 homes at
Sun Lane poses some significant
challenges which include:
The Parish Council consider that this
particular development is inappropriate in the Green Belt and detrimental
impact (transport in particular) will be caused
the Parish Council wants to plan for more new homes and jobs, we also want to
protect open spaces and preserve the natural and built heritage of the area
Parish Council fully understands that whilst the village will grow, this must
be proportionate to its infrastructure, and any associated commitments to
improve transport infrastructure.
Until BDMC demonstrates it has the funding
and commitment to purchase land and
build a school, the site cannot be classed as having ‘exceptional
circumstances’, because the exceptional circumstances don’t arise until the
commitment to build is there
The analysis of alternative sites indicates
that a new site offering 500 new homes is not required to deliver to the BDMC
target of least 700 new homes.
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