College believes amended expansion plan would not harm World Heritage site

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The latest image of what the new Shipley College building would look like The latest image of what the new Shipley College building would look like

SHIPLEY College says it has listened to criticisms over its controversial expansion plans in Saltaire, but deny claims the planned building would spoil the World Heritage Site.

Bradford Council will likely decide whether to grant planning permission for the £1.9 million building for students with learning difficulties at a planning meeting on July 23.

The building, which would be built on greenhouses owned by the college on Exhibition Road, has been the source of controversy since it was first announced earlier this year, with many living in the village saying it would ruin the feel of the Victorian model village.

Even English Heritage opposed the plans.

But after Council officers raised concerns with the design, the college revealed amended plans for the building earlier this month.

In the new application its respondd to English Heritage's comments. The organisation had said the design was "harmful to the setting, views and character of Saltaire."

The amended application says: "This facility will enable the college to maintain its economic viability and sustainability.

"This in turn is essential to maintain the vibrancy and long term sustainability of the village. We do not agree that this is outweighed by any harm the building may cause to the setting, character and views to and from the heritage setting. The proposed building will provide a positive contribution to the universal language of Saltaire.

A spokesman for the architects described the changes, saying: "The design of the new building has been developed and changed so as to accommodate as many of the comments received as possible.

"This has included additional areas of natural stone walling and the substitution of grey zinc roofing in lieu of the green zinc and copper originally proposed.

"The design minimises the impact on important views within the Village, and is set back from all frontages. The new greenhouses will maintain the site’s historical association with gardens."

The Council had originally aimed to decide on the application by May, but when the amendments were made postponed any decision to allow the public more time to comment.

The changes have led to The Salt Foundation and the Council's World Heritage Site officer backing the plans.

But many residents still object, including Eric Jackson, of Ada Street, Saltaire, who wrote to the Council saying: "The superficial amendments to the plans fail to address the real issue.

"This is a World Heritage Site, not a 1970s industrial estate. Don't deface one of Bradford's main attractions - it would be short-sighted and irresponsible."

College principal Nav Chohan said: “Thank you to all the groups and individuals that have offered feedback on the development. From local residents to English Heritage and the Council, all have contributed to a better design for the future students."

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10:55am Mon 30 Jun 14

piltdownman says...

It's still an ugly building and shouldn't be built.
It's still an ugly building and shouldn't be built. piltdownman
  • Score: 9

11:47am Mon 30 Jun 14

More of the same.. says...

All the previous objections before the alterations are still very valid.

Clearly; most of the local residents still do not wish this horrific design to exist.

Sadly; its all about 'money' for Nav Cohen and Shipley College.

This 'conservation area' does not need this building.
All the previous objections before the alterations are still very valid. Clearly; most of the local residents still do not wish this horrific design to exist. Sadly; its all about 'money' for Nav Cohen and Shipley College. This 'conservation area' does not need this building. More of the same..
  • Score: 7

3:38pm Mon 30 Jun 14

izzystillbreathing says...

The plans will be passed since the Council will be sitting as judge and jury in its own court.

The Saltaire World Heritage site is one of the few things Bradford has going for it. Why the Council would want to destroy it is a complete mystery.

Maybe if Counc. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford actually did their job and publicised the place there would be more of a public outcry and the Council might think again..
The plans will be passed since the Council will be sitting as judge and jury in its own court. The Saltaire World Heritage site is one of the few things Bradford has going for it. Why the Council would want to destroy it is a complete mystery. Maybe if Counc. Hinchcliffe and Visit Bradford actually did their job and publicised the place there would be more of a public outcry and the Council might think again.. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 5

5:30pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Outraged Of Saltaire says...

Well the changes and revisions are minor so I continue to be outraged! Sadly its all about the money. Salts Foundation would no doubt welcome a shiny new asset to be built on their land at no cost to them, who wouldn't! The report from Bradford Councils own World Heritage Site Officer Helen Thornton was disappointing to read. There is real need to discuss the long term strategic enhancement of the Saltaire Conservation Area. This building does nothing to 'enhance' or 'maintain' the character of the conservation area, or at least as any member of the public would interpret the meanings of Bradford Councils own explanation of "What is a conservation area" on their website. Helen Thorntons interpretation is somewhat different. I would still have to agree with English Heritage in that this proposal is harmful to the setting, the revisions do little to address those concerns. It will go to panel but with Bradford Council part funding this project, how likely is Bradford Council to reject this application? If only Shipley College had the funds to build elsewhere, somewhere that could offer them the opportunity to expand further should more funding make itself available instead of shoe horning this hastily prepared design into this sensitive site.
Well the changes and revisions are minor so I continue to be outraged! Sadly its all about the money. Salts Foundation would no doubt welcome a shiny new asset to be built on their land at no cost to them, who wouldn't! The report from Bradford Councils own World Heritage Site Officer Helen Thornton was disappointing to read. There is real need to discuss the long term strategic enhancement of the Saltaire Conservation Area. This building does nothing to 'enhance' or 'maintain' the character of the conservation area, or at least as any member of the public would interpret the meanings of Bradford Councils own explanation of "What is a conservation area" on their website. Helen Thorntons interpretation is somewhat different. I would still have to agree with English Heritage in that this proposal is harmful to the setting, the revisions do little to address those concerns. It will go to panel but with Bradford Council part funding this project, how likely is Bradford Council to reject this application? If only Shipley College had the funds to build elsewhere, somewhere that could offer them the opportunity to expand further should more funding make itself available instead of shoe horning this hastily prepared design into this sensitive site. Outraged Of Saltaire
  • Score: 4

7:51pm Mon 30 Jun 14

freespeech says...

Typical overbearing and non listening council. If the college was part of the community, it would share the views of those that live in the area.
Typical overbearing and non listening council. If the college was part of the community, it would share the views of those that live in the area. freespeech
  • Score: 0

7:53pm Mon 30 Jun 14

freespeech says...

Plus, if this was in Bradford, would the planners insist on it complimenting the buildings already there.. i.e when planning was made for the new police station, the courts and even the Thomas Cook building had to have Yorkshire stone cladding!
Plus, if this was in Bradford, would the planners insist on it complimenting the buildings already there.. i.e when planning was made for the new police station, the courts and even the Thomas Cook building had to have Yorkshire stone cladding! freespeech
  • Score: 0

10:48am Fri 25 Jul 14

More of the same.. says...

So the plan was passed... That simply means more drugged up students on the Streets of Saltaire dealing weed. Thanks Nav, you are very wonderful.
So the plan was passed... That simply means more drugged up students on the Streets of Saltaire dealing weed. Thanks Nav, you are very wonderful. More of the same..
  • Score: 1

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