Riverside nature walk is welcomed by Baildon business park protesters

Riverside walk is welcomed by business park protesters

BRAiD secretary Ed Butterworth at the Buck Lane site

Mike Cowlam, Bradford Council’s Interim Strategic Director of Regeneration and Culture

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

Work is due to start today on landscaping and a new riverside walk nature reserve at Buck Lane in Baildon.

The environmental improvements by Bradford Council will be carried out as part of planning permission granted for the area’s £25 million high-tech business park development.

But although the work has been welcome by those who protested against the development, they say it would never have been needed if the site had been left as green fields.

New trees will be planted along Otley Road to replace those lost by the construction of a new highway junction. They will include oak, maple, lime and horse chestnut, to provide an attractive entrance to the new business park.

The highway banking will be seeded with wild flowers and fencing will be provided to the new bridleway.

The floodplain next to the river will be transformed into a wildflower meadow, with a wetland area. The idea is to form a natural extension to the Denso Nature Reserve and provide an ideal environment for insects, small mammals and birds.

The border between the development site and the floodplain will also be improved using a combination of hedge laying and planting.

Mike Cowlam, Bradford Council’s Interim Strategic Director of Regeneration and Culture, said: “These environmental improvements are an important part of the whole project.

“The new wildflower meadow will be a welcome addition to the area and improve what is currently unmanaged open grassland. It will also provide an opportunity for the Friends of Denso Nature Reserve to increase awareness of the Aire Valley’s natural environment.”

The business park plans were bitterly fought by action group Baildon Residents Against Inappropriate Development.

It objected to the proposals for two years, but had to admit defeat in February last year when diggers moved on site to start developing the 15 acres of green land.

BRAiD secretary Ed Butterworth said the landscaping was “good news.”

“We’re happy the work is being done and the reservoir is welcome, but fundamentally it shouldn’t be necessary because Buck Lane shouldn’t have been developed.”

The group has written to the Council asking for a review into the site’s development and whether it will deliver on its promise of 700 jobs.

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7:23am Mon 28 Apr 14

Bantamzen says...

Well at least something good is finally happening there. A year on from the planned start to developing the site and all that exists is a road to nowhere, with not even a hint that work will start despite the signs proudly proclaiming that the units will be available in 2014.....
Well at least something good is finally happening there. A year on from the planned start to developing the site and all that exists is a road to nowhere, with not even a hint that work will start despite the signs proudly proclaiming that the units will be available in 2014..... Bantamzen
  • Score: 2

7:25am Mon 28 Apr 14

BaildonGuy says...

As far ss us locals can see, there's no planning permission for this. Expect a pop up bazaar or shisha lounge any minute now.
As far ss us locals can see, there's no planning permission for this. Expect a pop up bazaar or shisha lounge any minute now. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 0

8:33am Mon 28 Apr 14

linebacker2 says...

Looks like no more than a muddy field surrounded by smashed up fencing to me, is it meant to be some kind of natural treasure?
Looks like no more than a muddy field surrounded by smashed up fencing to me, is it meant to be some kind of natural treasure? linebacker2
  • Score: -2

10:51am Mon 28 Apr 14

Dragon Saddle says...

I'm pretty sure that's not Ed Butterworth!
I'm pretty sure that's not Ed Butterworth! Dragon Saddle
  • Score: 0

10:53am Mon 28 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there.
Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there. Albion.
  • Score: -3

2:07pm Mon 28 Apr 14

sorrow&anger says...

Just out of interest I spent a few minutes on the Council's website looking for the planning permission. Couldn't find it either. However I did find something for the next phase of Buck Lane.

The Council want to put two more big grey sheds on the site. One of which hasn't even got an occupier. I can't see why these kind of system built ugly industrial units need to be put on a greenfield. There are plenty of brownfields in Bradford. Wasn't Buck Lane supposed to be an architect designed park?
Just out of interest I spent a few minutes on the Council's website looking for the planning permission. Couldn't find it either. However I did find something for the next phase of Buck Lane. The Council want to put two more big grey sheds on the site. One of which hasn't even got an occupier. I can't see why these kind of system built ugly industrial units need to be put on a greenfield. There are plenty of brownfields in Bradford. Wasn't Buck Lane supposed to be an architect designed park? sorrow&anger
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Grumpygirl says...

Albion. wrote:
Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there.
Horses and mud aren't unheard of in the countryside. They sort of occur naturally. Or would you prefer Astroturf everywhere?

The point, Albion, is that this is one of Bradford's diminishing supply of green spaces. Unless these sites are needed for something really special they shouldn't be used until all the brownfields have been built on. What are you going to do when there's no countryside left? Rejoice?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there.[/p][/quote]Horses and mud aren't unheard of in the countryside. They sort of occur naturally. Or would you prefer Astroturf everywhere? The point, Albion, is that this is one of Bradford's diminishing supply of green spaces. Unless these sites are needed for something really special they shouldn't be used until all the brownfields have been built on. What are you going to do when there's no countryside left? Rejoice? Grumpygirl
  • Score: -1

2:28pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there.
Horses and mud aren't unheard of in the countryside. They sort of occur naturally. Or would you prefer Astroturf everywhere?

The point, Albion, is that this is one of Bradford's diminishing supply of green spaces. Unless these sites are needed for something really special they shouldn't be used until all the brownfields have been built on. What are you going to do when there's no countryside left? Rejoice?
I know what's in the countryside my family were farmers. As for your last point, why not make brownfield sites into greenfield sites and improve the quality of life for those unfortunate enough to be living in city and town centres? Obviously that would require policy change but it's easily do-able.
We are yet a very long way from using up all the green space and even the Labour Party claims it has a target of 200,000 new homes a year and won't be in a position to turn down developments on green land.
Finally, I don't care to converse with liars, go and play with your sock puppets.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there.[/p][/quote]Horses and mud aren't unheard of in the countryside. They sort of occur naturally. Or would you prefer Astroturf everywhere? The point, Albion, is that this is one of Bradford's diminishing supply of green spaces. Unless these sites are needed for something really special they shouldn't be used until all the brownfields have been built on. What are you going to do when there's no countryside left? Rejoice?[/p][/quote]I know what's in the countryside my family were farmers. As for your last point, why not make brownfield sites into greenfield sites and improve the quality of life for those unfortunate enough to be living in city and town centres? Obviously that would require policy change but it's easily do-able. We are yet a very long way from using up all the green space and even the Labour Party claims it has a target of 200,000 new homes a year and won't be in a position to turn down developments on green land. Finally, I don't care to converse with liars, go and play with your sock puppets. Albion.
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Mon 28 Apr 14

linebacker2 says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Just out of interest I spent a few minutes on the Council's website looking for the planning permission. Couldn't find it either. However I did find something for the next phase of Buck Lane.

The Council want to put two more big grey sheds on the site. One of which hasn't even got an occupier. I can't see why these kind of system built ugly industrial units need to be put on a greenfield. There are plenty of brownfields in Bradford. Wasn't Buck Lane supposed to be an architect designed park?
That field's an eye sore and would look better built on, for starters it's more brown than green.....
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Just out of interest I spent a few minutes on the Council's website looking for the planning permission. Couldn't find it either. However I did find something for the next phase of Buck Lane. The Council want to put two more big grey sheds on the site. One of which hasn't even got an occupier. I can't see why these kind of system built ugly industrial units need to be put on a greenfield. There are plenty of brownfields in Bradford. Wasn't Buck Lane supposed to be an architect designed park?[/p][/quote]That field's an eye sore and would look better built on, for starters it's more brown than green..... linebacker2
  • Score: 1

4:41pm Mon 28 Apr 14

FinlandStation says...

I think you're all missing the point. I drive past Buck Lane most days and it's true that the Council have let it go to ruin, probably just to encourage the kind of comments that are being made. The amount of ragwort is a total disgrace. However as long as it's not built on that sort of thing is fixable. Once it's built on, it's gone forever. So it's important that decisions are taken for the right kind of reasons.

The Council seem to have reneged on all the things they promised for Buck Lane. In a way that's more important than building on any green space. Politicians should keep their word.

I agree with Albion. It would be a very good idea if the Council set about systematically greening the city's brownfields. Everybody benefits. What a good idea.
I think you're all missing the point. I drive past Buck Lane most days and it's true that the Council have let it go to ruin, probably just to encourage the kind of comments that are being made. The amount of ragwort is a total disgrace. However as long as it's not built on that sort of thing is fixable. Once it's built on, it's gone forever. So it's important that decisions are taken for the right kind of reasons. The Council seem to have reneged on all the things they promised for Buck Lane. In a way that's more important than building on any green space. Politicians should keep their word. I agree with Albion. It would be a very good idea if the Council set about systematically greening the city's brownfields. Everybody benefits. What a good idea. FinlandStation
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Grumpygirl says...

Albion. wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there.
Horses and mud aren't unheard of in the countryside. They sort of occur naturally. Or would you prefer Astroturf everywhere?

The point, Albion, is that this is one of Bradford's diminishing supply of green spaces. Unless these sites are needed for something really special they shouldn't be used until all the brownfields have been built on. What are you going to do when there's no countryside left? Rejoice?
I know what's in the countryside my family were farmers. As for your last point, why not make brownfield sites into greenfield sites and improve the quality of life for those unfortunate enough to be living in city and town centres? Obviously that would require policy change but it's easily do-able.
We are yet a very long way from using up all the green space and even the Labour Party claims it has a target of 200,000 new homes a year and won't be in a position to turn down developments on green land.
Finally, I don't care to converse with liars, go and play with your sock puppets.
Why Albion! How did you know I had sock puppets? Surely you're not following me?
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Excellent! The field is an improvement already on the sea of mud and gypsy ponies that used to be there.[/p][/quote]Horses and mud aren't unheard of in the countryside. They sort of occur naturally. Or would you prefer Astroturf everywhere? The point, Albion, is that this is one of Bradford's diminishing supply of green spaces. Unless these sites are needed for something really special they shouldn't be used until all the brownfields have been built on. What are you going to do when there's no countryside left? Rejoice?[/p][/quote]I know what's in the countryside my family were farmers. As for your last point, why not make brownfield sites into greenfield sites and improve the quality of life for those unfortunate enough to be living in city and town centres? Obviously that would require policy change but it's easily do-able. We are yet a very long way from using up all the green space and even the Labour Party claims it has a target of 200,000 new homes a year and won't be in a position to turn down developments on green land. Finally, I don't care to converse with liars, go and play with your sock puppets.[/p][/quote]Why Albion! How did you know I had sock puppets? Surely you're not following me? Grumpygirl
  • Score: -1

6:12am Tue 29 Apr 14

Bantamzen says...

linebacker2 wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Just out of interest I spent a few minutes on the Council's website looking for the planning permission. Couldn't find it either. However I did find something for the next phase of Buck Lane.

The Council want to put two more big grey sheds on the site. One of which hasn't even got an occupier. I can't see why these kind of system built ugly industrial units need to be put on a greenfield. There are plenty of brownfields in Bradford. Wasn't Buck Lane supposed to be an architect designed park?
That field's an eye sore and would look better built on, for starters it's more brown than green.....
Yes it's an eyesore now, because it sports a barricaded road to nowhere, many of the trees have been cut down, and is adorned by abandoned building materials. Or perhaps you would be happier to see some units to be built, then never occupied & left to rust? The site could easily have been managed & seeded with wild flowers to enhance the nature reserve alongside the river & viola! No more eyesore. Progress eh...?
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Just out of interest I spent a few minutes on the Council's website looking for the planning permission. Couldn't find it either. However I did find something for the next phase of Buck Lane. The Council want to put two more big grey sheds on the site. One of which hasn't even got an occupier. I can't see why these kind of system built ugly industrial units need to be put on a greenfield. There are plenty of brownfields in Bradford. Wasn't Buck Lane supposed to be an architect designed park?[/p][/quote]That field's an eye sore and would look better built on, for starters it's more brown than green.....[/p][/quote]Yes it's an eyesore now, because it sports a barricaded road to nowhere, many of the trees have been cut down, and is adorned by abandoned building materials. Or perhaps you would be happier to see some units to be built, then never occupied & left to rust? The site could easily have been managed & seeded with wild flowers to enhance the nature reserve alongside the river & viola! No more eyesore. Progress eh...? Bantamzen
  • Score: -1

1:50pm Tue 6 May 14

Shipleyvegas says...

The simple fact is, we were promised by BMDC that the work was needed to meet demand. A year later and it is clear to anyone that the work was not needed, as not a single sod has been cut in construction, whereas the two local brownfields sites (behind tesco/Alan Jeffries and the old Mohair site) are both being developed.

Kind of proves that developers don't want or need greenfield doesn't it?
The simple fact is, we were promised by BMDC that the work was needed to meet demand. A year later and it is clear to anyone that the work was not needed, as not a single sod has been cut in construction, whereas the two local brownfields sites (behind tesco/Alan Jeffries and the old Mohair site) are both being developed. Kind of proves that developers don't want or need greenfield doesn't it? Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 1

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