Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email
Residents quiz developers over Bolton Woods urban village plan
6:00am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A new Bolton Woods urban village designed to regenerate two communities and help avoid Bradford's pending housing disaster could take 20 years or more to complete, says its developers.
Planners have been given the go- ahead for 40 new homes which will be part of phase one and outline permission has been granted for the other 93. Twenty of that total will be affordable social housing to rent.
It is expected work on the first 40 homes will start this year, but they will be just part of an enormous scheme that will eventually see more than 1,000 new homes built along with new parks, recreational spaces and woodland.
The scheme, being created as a partnership between regeneration company Urbo and Bradford Council, calling itself Canal Road Urban Village Limited, will be putting more planning applications in this summer which will include proposals for a new High Street involving shops, potentially a hotel, a pub and restaurants as well as a school and a new health centre. Last night residents were given the chance to hear a presentation and ask questions about the scheme that will also see improved sports facilities, including a new all-weather pitch, traffic lights at the Gaisby Lane junction with canal Road and a pedestrian link to Frizinghall Station.
Concerns raised at the consultation session at Poplar Farm School included worries about increased traffic and the impact the development might have on existing house prices.
Andy Dainty, from Urbo, said: “House prices will go up rather than down. The facilities will change the market.”
After phase one, the next phase is likely to be a supermarket which could be an Aldi, Lidle or Co-op.
To view the plans go to Bolton Woods Community Centre tonight from 6pm to 7pm or stay for another presentation session at 7pm. The proposals can be viewed online at newboltonwoods.com