New city centre restaurant to rise from ashes of shop blaze

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: INFERNO: The blaze which destroyed the Natasha school uniform shop in May 2010 INFERNO: The blaze which destroyed the Natasha school uniform shop in May 2010

A PROMINENT city centre building which was destroyed in a massive blaze four years ago will soon be refurbished and opened as a pizza cafe.

The former Natasha school uniform shop at 37 Westgate was engulfed by fire in May 2010, and has remained a boarded up shell ever since.

Sid Hussain, who runs Bella Pizza in Bracewell Avenue in Allerton, has now been granted planning permission to refurbish the building and turn it into a second outlet of his franchise.

And he hopes to secure funding from Bradford Council's Growth Zone fund to help set up the business.

When the fire first broke out in the three storey building, in the city centre conservation area, it took 78 firemen, 15 fire engines and five special appliances several hours to extinguish the blaze and stop it spreading to other businesses.

As well as extensive damage to the ground floor, the fire left the first and second floors heavily smoke damaged and a large hole in the building's roof.

The building, described as being of "notable character and appearance" will be fully repaired as part of the proposal.

Approving the application, Council planning officers said: "It is considered a sympathetic scheme which reflects the character of the building and will improve the appearance of the conservation area. Weight is also given to the benefits of bringing this impressive building back into an active use.

"The proposal represents an opportunity to bring the building back into use, while restoring its character and in turn improving that of the immediate locality."

Mr Hussain said he hoped to start refurbishment work on the building next month.

He added: "I want to try to make it beautiful, make it an upmarket pizza place, like a diner. We'll have a cafe area in there too.

"I've got the business in Allerton and was thinking of opening another one. I was thinking about Leeds, but I thought that I'd rather invest in Bradford."

He said the shop will open from 11am to 11pm during the week, but he hopes for later opening hours on Friday and Saturday.

Although the number of jobs created has yet to be decided, he says it will be at least two shifts worth of staff.

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10:22am Sat 12 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

no need for another pizza shop.
turn it down!
no need for another pizza shop. turn it down! tinytoonster
  • Score: -10

11:07am Sat 12 Jul 14

Kighley Synic says...

tinytoonster wrote:
no need for another pizza shop.
turn it down!
Too late, it's been accepted.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: no need for another pizza shop. turn it down![/p][/quote]Too late, it's been accepted. Kighley Synic
  • Score: 18

11:46am Sat 12 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

That was another commercial building that went very cheap and the 50% funding from the council will see him right thanks to the government. You can get half of a£340k back.
It needed doing and it could look nice again as long as he doesn't paint the stonework.
That was another commercial building that went very cheap and the 50% funding from the council will see him right thanks to the government. You can get half of a£340k back. It needed doing and it could look nice again as long as he doesn't paint the stonework. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Sat 12 Jul 14

schroeder says...

tinytoonster wrote:
no need for another pizza shop.
turn it down!
Proof that users on this site just want to watch the city burn....

I imagine Bradford has less Pizza restaurants/cafes than other cities a similar size, and the fact a lovely building that has been left in ruins for 4 yeas after being destroyed in a fire is going to get restored make this news even better.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: no need for another pizza shop. turn it down![/p][/quote]Proof that users on this site just want to watch the city burn.... I imagine Bradford has less Pizza restaurants/cafes than other cities a similar size, and the fact a lovely building that has been left in ruins for 4 yeas after being destroyed in a fire is going to get restored make this news even better. schroeder
  • Score: 24

12:37pm Sat 12 Jul 14

undercliffebantam says...

tinytoonster wrote:
no need for another pizza shop.
turn it down!
Great news for Bradford, its been unused for four years, would you rather leave it like that.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: no need for another pizza shop. turn it down![/p][/quote]Great news for Bradford, its been unused for four years, would you rather leave it like that. undercliffebantam
  • Score: 31

1:15pm Sat 12 Jul 14

single says...

Like to see original facade retained , but it wont happen ,planning asleep agin .
Like to see original facade retained , but it wont happen ,planning asleep agin . single
  • Score: 1

2:11pm Sat 12 Jul 14

ChanningCross says...

There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city. ChanningCross
  • Score: -22

2:17pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Tyrelleon says...

ChanningCross wrote:
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.
[quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.[/p][/quote]I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop. Tyrelleon
  • Score: -20

3:20pm Sat 12 Jul 14

AnOpinion says...

It's in a Conservation Area and is a 10,000 sqft eyesore on an important route into the city. It will be restored correctly, create jobs, raise the bar for others and serve the other developments (and jobs) for Westgate to be announced...
It's in a Conservation Area and is a 10,000 sqft eyesore on an important route into the city. It will be restored correctly, create jobs, raise the bar for others and serve the other developments (and jobs) for Westgate to be announced... AnOpinion
  • Score: 13

4:16pm Sat 12 Jul 14

bullrt_63 says...

As long as it restores an historical building I don't care. So long as going along with listed buildings status. I f thats the case all well & good.
As long as it restores an historical building I don't care. So long as going along with listed buildings status. I f thats the case all well & good. bullrt_63
  • Score: 9

4:24pm Sat 12 Jul 14

collos25 says...

Tyrelleon wrote:
ChanningCross wrote:
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.
Keep taking the pills
[quote][p][bold]Tyrelleon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.[/p][/quote]I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.[/p][/quote]Keep taking the pills collos25
  • Score: 7

5:33pm Sat 12 Jul 14

i'dliketosay says...

Anything which regenerates the city centre and brings boarded up buildings back to life is welcome.
Anything which regenerates the city centre and brings boarded up buildings back to life is welcome. i'dliketosay
  • Score: 15

6:16pm Sat 12 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

tinytoonster wrote:
no need for another pizza shop.
turn it down!
Either

(1) You own a rival pizza shop.

or

(2) You're one of the serial moaners we get on here who hates to see any kind of development going on in the city.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: no need for another pizza shop. turn it down![/p][/quote]Either (1) You own a rival pizza shop. or (2) You're one of the serial moaners we get on here who hates to see any kind of development going on in the city. linebacker2
  • Score: 19

8:56pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

ChanningCross wrote:
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
Ow doo, Kim Jong un.
Have you come to Bradford for a haircut?
[quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.[/p][/quote]Ow doo, Kim Jong un. Have you come to Bradford for a haircut? Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 6

11:06pm Sat 12 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

linebacker2 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
no need for another pizza shop.
turn it down!
Either

(1) You own a rival pizza shop.

or

(2) You're one of the serial moaners we get on here who hates to see any kind of development going on in the city.
you missed out
(3) wind up........
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: no need for another pizza shop. turn it down![/p][/quote]Either (1) You own a rival pizza shop. or (2) You're one of the serial moaners we get on here who hates to see any kind of development going on in the city.[/p][/quote]you missed out (3) wind up........ tinytoonster
  • Score: 1

3:04am Sun 13 Jul 14

Raj2121 says...

He hopes to secure funding from Bradford Council's Growth Zone fund to help set up the business.?????????

Laughing my head off,

If theres a catch this guy is there....
He hopes to secure funding from Bradford Council's Growth Zone fund to help set up the business.????????? Laughing my head off, If theres a catch this guy is there.... Raj2121
  • Score: 18

9:22am Sun 13 Jul 14

undercliffebantam says...

Tyrelleon wrote:
ChanningCross wrote:
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.
It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper.
[quote][p][bold]Tyrelleon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.[/p][/quote]I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.[/p][/quote]It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper. undercliffebantam
  • Score: -8

9:22am Sun 13 Jul 14

undercliffebantam says...

Tyrelleon wrote:
ChanningCross wrote:
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.
It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper.
[quote][p][bold]Tyrelleon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.[/p][/quote]I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.[/p][/quote]It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper. undercliffebantam
  • Score: -8

10:48am Sun 13 Jul 14

Avro says...

Kighley Synic wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
no need for another pizza shop.
turn it down!
Too late, it's been accepted.
And no doubt its halal
[quote][p][bold]Kighley Synic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: no need for another pizza shop. turn it down![/p][/quote]Too late, it's been accepted.[/p][/quote]And no doubt its halal Avro
  • Score: 2

11:30am Sun 13 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

undercliffebantam wrote:
Tyrelleon wrote:
ChanningCross wrote:
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.
It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper.
Labour misrule has brought Britain to the edge of bankruptcy twice in a generation. Once again Tories have had to rescue us and Britain is now one of the fastest growing advanced economies.
[quote][p][bold]undercliffebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tyrelleon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.[/p][/quote]I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.[/p][/quote]It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper.[/p][/quote]Labour misrule has brought Britain to the edge of bankruptcy twice in a generation. Once again Tories have had to rescue us and Britain is now one of the fastest growing advanced economies. linebacker2
  • Score: 4

6:04pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Do we know the cause of the original fire or was it one of the great number of unexplained fires in Bradford over the years?
Do we know the cause of the original fire or was it one of the great number of unexplained fires in Bradford over the years? Apollo
  • Score: -5

7:00pm Sun 13 Jul 14

undercliffebantam says...

linebacker2 wrote:
undercliffebantam wrote:
Tyrelleon wrote:
ChanningCross wrote:
There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.
I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.
It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper.
Labour misrule has brought Britain to the edge of bankruptcy twice in a generation. Once again Tories have had to rescue us and Britain is now one of the fastest growing advanced economies.
Tell that to those on minimum wage and zero hour contracts.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]undercliffebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tyrelleon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChanningCross[/bold] wrote: There is sooo much good news in our wonderful city of Bradford these days. Along with the new brewery this development will transform Westgate. Neither would have happened without Councillor Green’s wise and far sighted decision to create a growth zone. We are truly fortunate having people like that in charge of our city.[/p][/quote]I agree. Bradford did go through a bad patch but thanks to all the hard work by our marvellous Council and our equally wonderful planning department the city is improving everyday. There is lots of good news to celebrate. I can’t wait to have a pizza in the new shop.[/p][/quote]It was great news when Labour regained control of the council. They can now get on with rebuilding our great City without interference from other parties. We now need to get rid of the tories at the next election so the country can prosper.[/p][/quote]Labour misrule has brought Britain to the edge of bankruptcy twice in a generation. Once again Tories have had to rescue us and Britain is now one of the fastest growing advanced economies.[/p][/quote]Tell that to those on minimum wage and zero hour contracts. undercliffebantam
  • Score: 7

11:48am Mon 14 Jul 14

MattLondon says...

excellent news! This part of the city is going to be buzzing once again!
excellent news! This part of the city is going to be buzzing once again! MattLondon
  • Score: 1

1:07pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Apollo says...

I notice censorship has been applied here.

T&A not interested in the truth? Heaven forefend.
I notice censorship has been applied here. T&A not interested in the truth? Heaven forefend. Apollo
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Apollo says...

I notice censorship has been applied here.

T&A not interested in the truth? Heaven forefend.
I notice censorship has been applied here. T&A not interested in the truth? Heaven forefend. Apollo
  • Score: -1

7:56am Thu 17 Jul 14

elland road says...

What a surprise another building goes up in smoke then turns in to a pizza shop / kebab shop

how many is that in the last 5 years
What a surprise another building goes up in smoke then turns in to a pizza shop / kebab shop how many is that in the last 5 years elland road
  • Score: -1
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