Work on 64-home development at Thornton under way

An artist’s impression of the homes

An artist’s impression of the homes

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

Work is under way to build a development of more than 60 homes in Thornton, Bradford.

Outline planning permission was granted to developer Persimmon Homes in 2010 for the site, to the west of the junction of Allerton Lane and Old Road, Thornton.

At that point a variety of commitments were made, including a quarter of the homes being given over to affordable housing, as well as financial contributions to improving educational infrastructure and recreation facilities in the ward.

Full permission was granted in September and the development of 64 two and three-storey three and four-bed homes is to be called Sunningdale Park.

Last month, the National Housing Federation warned only one fifth of the new homes Bradford needs are being built every year.

Its report, Home Truths 2012, shows nearly 21,000 low-income individuals and families in Bradford were trapped on social housing waiting lists last year.

But the stock of properties managed by housing associations has shrunk by two per cent over the past five years.

Meanwhile, those who want to buy their home are stuck in a vicious circle where they cannot afford to save up for a mortgage deposit, while the cost of renting a home grows.

The federation, which represents the UK’s housing associations, has urged the Government to hand over disused brownfield public land so thousands more affordable homes can be built.

Building more homes on this previously developed land would also give a much-needed boost to the hard-hit construction industry, it has argued.

Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire sales director, Simon Whalley, said it had taken steps to try to make the new development as affordable as possible.

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9:11am Mon 10 Dec 12

angry bradfordian says...

So sad that yet another green space is disappearing.

The open areas around Bradford are one of the few remaining reasons that make me want to still live here and it looks like even that reason is disappearing.

Can't wait to see what the 'recreation facilities' they are paying for are going to be. Or will it just go into the council's pot and never be seen again?
So sad that yet another green space is disappearing. The open areas around Bradford are one of the few remaining reasons that make me want to still live here and it looks like even that reason is disappearing. Can't wait to see what the 'recreation facilities' they are paying for are going to be. Or will it just go into the council's pot and never be seen again? angry bradfordian
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10:14am Mon 10 Dec 12

MontyLeMar says...

"Meanwhile, those who want to buy their home are stuck in a vicious circle where they cannot afford to save up for a mortgage deposit, while the cost of renting a home grows."

Where's it all going to end? No doubt these houses will sell because it is quite a nice area to live, but if they only fall into the hands of Buy-to-let landlords who will rent them out at extortionate rents then we are no further forward and more people will be seeing their hard earned money going to line the pockets and pension pots of greedy landlords. We need legislation now to restrict where BTL landlords can pedal their perverse form of opportunistic exploitation. They are destroying lives. We also badly need a property price crash to get prices back to 3-4 times salary.
"Meanwhile, those who want to buy their home are stuck in a vicious circle where they cannot afford to save up for a mortgage deposit, while the cost of renting a home grows." Where's it all going to end? No doubt these houses will sell because it is quite a nice area to live, but if they only fall into the hands of Buy-to-let landlords who will rent them out at extortionate rents then we are no further forward and more people will be seeing their hard earned money going to line the pockets and pension pots of greedy landlords. We need legislation now to restrict where BTL landlords can pedal their perverse form of opportunistic exploitation. They are destroying lives. We also badly need a property price crash to get prices back to 3-4 times salary. MontyLeMar
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3:07pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Apollo says...

A lot of the big builders just throw up sub standard boxes that look like sh!t after a few years.

I doubt this 'development' will be any better.

If they are forced to put any social housing on the new estate those houses will rapidly bring down the values of any of the others.
A lot of the big builders just throw up sub standard boxes that look like sh!t after a few years. I doubt this 'development' will be any better. If they are forced to put any social housing on the new estate those houses will rapidly bring down the values of any of the others. Apollo
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3:27pm Mon 10 Dec 12

zippy25 says...

I live only a few yards away from where these houses are going to be built and all this is going to cause is build up of traffic Allerton lane is a very narrow lane with a cross rd at the bottom of the rd where these are going to be build .No room in schools or doctors either .Plus why spoil lovely country views DISSGUSTED !!!!
I live only a few yards away from where these houses are going to be built and all this is going to cause is build up of traffic Allerton lane is a very narrow lane with a cross rd at the bottom of the rd where these are going to be build .No room in schools or doctors either .Plus why spoil lovely country views DISSGUSTED !!!! zippy25
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3:27pm Mon 10 Dec 12

zippy25 says...

I live only a few yards away from where these houses are going to be built and all this is going to cause is build up of traffic Allerton lane is a very narrow lane with a cross rd at the bottom of the rd where these are going to be build .No room in schools or doctors either .Plus why spoil lovely country views DISSGUSTED !!!!
I live only a few yards away from where these houses are going to be built and all this is going to cause is build up of traffic Allerton lane is a very narrow lane with a cross rd at the bottom of the rd where these are going to be build .No room in schools or doctors either .Plus why spoil lovely country views DISSGUSTED !!!! zippy25
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3:27pm Mon 10 Dec 12

zippy25 says...

I live only a few yards away from where these houses are going to be built and all this is going to cause is build up of traffic Allerton lane is a very narrow lane with a cross rd at the bottom of the rd where these are going to be build .No room in schools or doctors either .Plus why spoil lovely country views DISSGUSTED !!!!
I live only a few yards away from where these houses are going to be built and all this is going to cause is build up of traffic Allerton lane is a very narrow lane with a cross rd at the bottom of the rd where these are going to be build .No room in schools or doctors either .Plus why spoil lovely country views DISSGUSTED !!!! zippy25
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