Public inquiry to be held into the development on land at Sun Lane

Published: 08 February 2019

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 14 May and is expected to last up to 8 days. While the Parish Council have offered the use of the Queens Hall free of charge, it is expected that Bradford Council will want to use buildings closer to their own offices.

Burley Council considered the original planning application (16/07870/MAO: Land at Sun Lane and Ilkley Road) when it was presented on 26th October 2016 and after discussion agreed that


  • The application does not meet the vision of the Burley emerging Neighbourhood Plan particularly in terms of the loss of green belt and the concerns raised during extensive consultation about dispersed development in the village
  • The impact of the application will affect all existing support services within the village particularly education, retail, transport, leisure and recreation
  • The traffic implications of the application are yet to be fully explored but the village already has a range of car parking problems that are yet to be resolved and the proposed new housing will only aggravate the existing problems

 More details on the planning inspection will be made available when known