Bradford Core Strategy: Partial Review
Published: 20 August 2019
of changes to national planning policy and local strategies since the Bradford plan
was adopted, Bradford Council have started consultation on the scope of a
formal review. In short, the Government has changed the approach as to how
housing need is calculated in England. This has resulted in more housing being
required in the South of England (with a greater population density and higher
employment rates), and a proportionate reduction in the North. With the reduced
overall housing requirement and updated distribution of growth, all
settlements across Bradford are likely to see a reduction in absolute housing
targets (with the exception of Bradford City Centre).
Core Strategy Review Timetable
Council is asking for comments on:
The policies and any suggested changes
Alternatives to the preferred policy options
Comments on supporting documentation
this consultation is completed, the plan is likely to go forward to a further
round of statutory consultation in June/July 2020 prior to formal submission to
the Secretary of State for public examination. The public examination and any
modifications and subsequent additional consultation on the plan are likely to
mean that formal adoption is unlikely before early 2022.
The Implications for Sun Lane
timetable above means that a decision on Sun Lane will be made well before any
revised housing numbers are agreed. The
planning application for Sun Lane was submitted under the ‘current’ core
strategy, consequently it's unaffected at this time.
How have housing numbers
Core Strategy sets out a housing requirement for the period 2013-2030 of around
42,100 homes across Bradford. The final housing allocation numbers are likely
to be nearer 26,150 homes over the 17 years of the plan. As part of the review,
the targets have been halved in Ilkley and Menston - while the Addingham figure
has been cut by 62%. Burley’s housing target is likely to reduce from 700 to
550 units (21%), although the decrease across the district is likely to be
around 38%. Quite why Burley’s housing numbers are not being reduced in line
with the Wharfedale average remains unclear.
What will the next steps be?
Core Strategy review will indicate the broad distribution of housing growth and
will provide further headline information including whether Green Belt release
is required in particular locations. The Allocations Development Plan will set
out detailed changes to the Green Belt and preferred site allocations. Consultation
is planned to take place from October 2019 on site allocations for housing and
Where can I find out more?
who want to find out more on the subject can refer to the Bradford Council web
produced by Bradford Council which outlines the key directions of the review
opened on 30th July and will remain open until 24th September 2019 on the
preferred options, supporting evidence and impact assessments.