Public Inquiry into Development at Sun Lane



 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. While the Parish Council have offered the use of the Queens Hall free of charge, Bradford Council wish to hold the inquiry at the Saville Room at City Hall Bradford, and have declined the offer of the alternative venue at Menston Kirkland’s Community Centre, which had been used for a previous enquiry.  This alternative was offered to allay concerns that planned refurbishment on the Queens Hall might over run. Given the significant interest from residents it has been suggested that the inquiry take place in the Queens Hall in Burley for one day only on Friday 17th May  (1000 – 1530).

An e-petition was launched by residents to push Bradford Council to debate the issue of hosting the inquiry at Burley. This would enable more local residents to attend over the 8 days that the inquiry is expected to last. The Parish Council were pleased to support this e-petition and the requisite 1500 signatures were obtained for a full council debate at Bradford. A response from Bradford Council is now awaited

Given that the inquiry takes place during the working day, anyone who may have difficulty attending during the day should write to the inspector to ask whether he can use his discretion to allow residents a time to speak without taking time off work.

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 does not support the proposal for this development

  •  The application does not meet the vision outlined in the Burley Neighbourhood Plan
  •  The impact of the application will affect all existing support services within the village

Before any specific grounds for objection are shared with residents (and by default with CEG & Bradford Council), the Parish Council is aligning our approach with other residents in the village who have done their own research and who have approached us with their thinking. This is currently work in progress, and will be shared in due course, and before the 23rd April when Bradford Council has requested evidence or papers in support of resident’s arguments.

Meetings are underway and legitimate grounds for objection are being carefully considered 

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