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Wilsden villagers' anger as 82 new houses are approved
A “David and Goliath” battle has ended with bitter disappointment for villagers who failed in their bid to stop 82 new homes being built.
A tight vote by leading councillors decided houses are to be built at Crack Lane, despite 672 objections from villagers, Wilsden Parish Council and Mr Davies.
West Yorkshire Police had also raised concerns about the layout of the site.
Four members of the Regulatory and Appeals Committee voted for the plans and three against, including councillor Mike Ellis whose ward covers the housing estate.
After the meeting he said he was “very disappointed.”
Mr Davies added: “The planning councillors who voted for this have ridden roughshod over the views of people in Wilsden and essentially they’re the ones who will have to live with that.
“I think they have made a bad decision. It’s a pretty sad day for local democracy when these people are basically ignored by the majority of the committee. It’s a kick in the teeth for the people of Wilsden.”
It was the fourth time a development for the Crack Lane site had been before Bradford Council.
The last application, for 73 houses from the same developer Harron Homes, was turned down in April 2012. It was due to go to public inquiry next month after Harron Homes appealed the decision. That is now unlikely to go ahead.
The 2012 plan was turned down because it did not have adequate surface water drainage, would mean people could no longer park on nearby Lingfield Road and because of concerns regarding the design and mix of sizes of houses.
Associate director of agent CBRE James Podesta, speaking on behalf of Harron Homes, said the company had worked closely with Council officers to amend the plans, addressing all original concerns.
He said building would help alleviate existing flooding problems and the development would help the Council fulfil its national housing requirement.
But Coun Ellis (Con, Bingley Rural) said he did not think the solutions offered, which include a 20mph zone on Lingfield Road and changes so people can still park there, were strong enough.
Objector David Sampson spoke on behalf of villagers. Concerns included how much work is in the area for people moving there, extra rural traffic, lack of school places and flooding.
He said: “Listen to the residents of Wilsden. We understand the need for new housing, but surely an ‘at any cost’ mentality can’t be the way forward for a sustainable future.”
After the meeting he said: “You do your best and on this occasion it wasn’t good enough.”
He added that it was a “David and Goliath” battle, but praised the village campaign led by Wilsden parish Councillor Jane Callaghan.
“She put a compelling campaign together. At least that’s resulted in the development being more appropriate,” Mr Sampson said.
Coun Callaghan said the development did not meet national planning requirements.
“These plans can only be delivered by damaging the amenity of existing residents and businesses,” she added.
Bingley Rural councillor Simon Cooke said changes made to the plans were for the worse.
After the meeting he said there would be a lot of “angry” people in the village.
The planning permission is subject to certain conditions.
Harron Homes will pay £328,090 to upgrade the area’s schools, which are currently full, and £72,205 to improve local recreational facilities.