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Baildon building plan is withdrawn for changes
Bradford Council has asked the company behind the flagship development on a new technology park to withdraw its planning application so its officers can help improve its design.
A Leeds-based firm plans to move to the site which is under construction in Buck Lane, Baildon, bringing 60 jobs to the area.
The unnamed firm lodged a planning application with the Council at the end of May, but that was withdrawn this week.
Council planning officer Fiona Tiplady said: “One of the key principles of the National Planning Policy Framework and Local Plan policies is to attach great importance to design.
“The application has been withdrawn at our suggestion so that the Council’s design officers can discuss the design elements of the proposals prior to any new application being submitted.”
The original planning application said the 2,816 square metre factory would be the “flagship development” of Baildon Business Park.
The detailed planning application was for the first building on the site, for which outline planning approval was given in 2010.
The park is a £15m, 15-acre scheme by landowner Bradford City Council and developer Pendle Russells, who submitted the application on behalf of the company.
Mark Taylforth, from Pendle Russells, said: “This is a flagship scheme which will bring hundreds of jobs to the area, and we are keen to ensure all partners are happy with the plans.
“We are in constant dialogue with the Council and it was decided that there were some changes we could make to the design in order to improve the aesthetic quality of the building, so have withdrawn this particular application.
“The plans are being reworked slightly and a new application will be submitted in September. Then, subject to planning approval, we would begin construction by the end of the year as planned.”
The Council and Pendle Russells would not comment on how the design would change.
Councillor Debbie Davies (Con, Baildon) said: “I think it’s good news that they are resubmitting it. I don’t want it to stay empty and September is not too far away.”
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