We are committed to Bradford's Westfield plan, say developers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist’s impression of how the Westfield development would look on Market Street An artist’s impression of how the Westfield development would look on Market Street

Westfield has confirmed it remains “fully committed” to the Broadway shopping centre in Bradford – even if a proposed expansion of another West Yorkshire shopping centre gets the go-ahead.

The Australian developer has objected to the extension of the White Rose centre, near Leeds, on the grounds of harmful impact on Bradford. Leeds City planning councillors will meet tomorrow to discuss the plans, which include a multi-screen cinema, four new restaurants and the extension of the Debenhams and Primark stores.

Duncan Bower, director of development at Westfield, said: “I can confirm that Westfield remains fully committed to the Bradford development regardless of any decision at White Rose.

“Site preparation works are already underway and today, Westfield is hosting a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event with Bradford Council to promote construction job opportunities to local contractors and suppliers. I am pleased to say the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is at full capacity with 200 attendees.

“In the last week, we have signed three new retailers including River Island, Ernest Jones and H Samuel in addition to those already committed comprising Debenhams, M&S, Next, W H Smith and others.”

Speaking about the reasons for Westfield’s objection to the White Rose scheme, Mr Bower said: “Westfield, along with surrounding councils and investors, have objected to the planning application to extend the White Rose shopping centre on grounds of harmful impact on the city of Bradford and local town centres.

“The extension of White Rose, which is an out-of-town shopping centre, is contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework which is firmly focussed on prioritising and supporting town and city centres first.

“The recent opening of 1m sq ft of retail at Trinity Leeds and the current planning application for the Victoria Gate Project further supports the fact that the Leeds area is well serviced for retail and does not require further out of town expansion.”

Mr Bower was writing in response to a question by Bradford West MP George Galloway, who had demanded a definitive ‘yes or no’ answer from Westfield as to whether its development would go ahead.

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1:43pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Why didn't you ask why they made the claim it wasn't fully committed in the objection if It wasn't true?
Why with 20 days till new year is no start date availible?
Why is this paper spineless and happy to tow the line?
Why didn't you ask why they made the claim it wasn't fully committed in the objection if It wasn't true? Why with 20 days till new year is no start date availible? Why is this paper spineless and happy to tow the line? Thee Voice of Reason

1:48pm Wed 11 Dec 13

modman61 says...

If Westfield say they are still committed then lets see some action rather than all the talk. Saying that the same could be said about Bradford Council, all talk and no action.
If Westfield say they are still committed then lets see some action rather than all the talk. Saying that the same could be said about Bradford Council, all talk and no action. modman61

1:50pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Macca51 says...

The stench of BS coming from Westfield is now overwhelming and once again the Council appear to be utterly inept in their handling of this sorry saga.

For the last ten years councillors of ALL poltical persuasions have presided over a visiby deteriorating City centre, and allowed it be over run by Pay Day lenders, bookies and pound shops, with the Westfield Hole being the cherry on top.

Surely the time has come for an open and honest debate both with the council and Westfield, get some clear deadlines laid out, and resolve this matter once and for all.

Crass holding statements like 'fully committed' serve no purpose what so ever and frankly are an insult to the people of Bradford.

This has shades of Sainsburys and their scandalous treatment of the old Building Society in Bingley . They waffeled in precisely the same manner and then simply walked away.
The stench of BS coming from Westfield is now overwhelming and once again the Council appear to be utterly inept in their handling of this sorry saga. For the last ten years councillors of ALL poltical persuasions have presided over a visiby deteriorating City centre, and allowed it be over run by Pay Day lenders, bookies and pound shops, with the Westfield Hole being the cherry on top. Surely the time has come for an open and honest debate both with the council and Westfield, get some clear deadlines laid out, and resolve this matter once and for all. Crass holding statements like 'fully committed' serve no purpose what so ever and frankly are an insult to the people of Bradford. This has shades of Sainsburys and their scandalous treatment of the old Building Society in Bingley . They waffeled in precisely the same manner and then simply walked away. Macca51

2:02pm Wed 11 Dec 13

basil fawlty says...

The White Rose owners are clearly worried about the negative impact that Trinity Leeds, Trinity Wakefield and the soon to be built Broadway and Victoria Gate developments will have and are looking at ways to preserve footfall. As people only have a limited amount of money to spend I imagine the White Rose will be the big loser.
The White Rose owners are clearly worried about the negative impact that Trinity Leeds, Trinity Wakefield and the soon to be built Broadway and Victoria Gate developments will have and are looking at ways to preserve footfall. As people only have a limited amount of money to spend I imagine the White Rose will be the big loser. basil fawlty

2:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

basil fawlty wrote:
The White Rose owners are clearly worried about the negative impact that Trinity Leeds, Trinity Wakefield and the soon to be built Broadway and Victoria Gate developments will have and are looking at ways to preserve footfall. As people only have a limited amount of money to spend I imagine the White Rose will be the big loser.
Broadway won't be built.
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: The White Rose owners are clearly worried about the negative impact that Trinity Leeds, Trinity Wakefield and the soon to be built Broadway and Victoria Gate developments will have and are looking at ways to preserve footfall. As people only have a limited amount of money to spend I imagine the White Rose will be the big loser.[/p][/quote]Broadway won't be built. Thee Voice of Reason

2:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Bone_idle18 says...

3 people on site this lunchtime! And the massive pool of water in the middle seems pretty drained now.
3 people on site this lunchtime! And the massive pool of water in the middle seems pretty drained now. Bone_idle18

2:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Here is a simple solution.
As 7 of the 9 shops are in Bradford anyway, simply keep the existing stores rather than leave them empty which is what they will be in a matter of weeks if Westfield is built and simply stick Debenhams in the old TJ Hughes. Whats the point of a huge new mall for a net gain of Debenhams?
Here is a simple solution. As 7 of the 9 shops are in Bradford anyway, simply keep the existing stores rather than leave them empty which is what they will be in a matter of weeks if Westfield is built and simply stick Debenhams in the old TJ Hughes. Whats the point of a huge new mall for a net gain of Debenhams? Thee Voice of Reason

2:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Here is a simple solution.
As 7 of the 9 shops are in Bradford anyway, simply keep the existing stores rather than leave them empty which is what they will be in a matter of weeks if Westfield is built and simply stick Debenhams in the old TJ Hughes. Whats the point of a huge new mall for a net gain of Debenhams?
From a retailers point of view, the chance to relocate to something which is new and will attract the curious (initially) and all at a reduced rate from their current premises, is a big attraction. If you keep losing, you shuffle the cards.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Here is a simple solution. As 7 of the 9 shops are in Bradford anyway, simply keep the existing stores rather than leave them empty which is what they will be in a matter of weeks if Westfield is built and simply stick Debenhams in the old TJ Hughes. Whats the point of a huge new mall for a net gain of Debenhams?[/p][/quote]From a retailers point of view, the chance to relocate to something which is new and will attract the curious (initially) and all at a reduced rate from their current premises, is a big attraction. If you keep losing, you shuffle the cards. Albion.

3:13pm Wed 11 Dec 13

justjustice says...

This is getting old now! How can they claim to be fully committed when they sold off the site!

So that is what Westfield has to say about it, the same thing they have said for a decade! So what of the new owners? How do they feel?
This is getting old now! How can they claim to be fully committed when they sold off the site! So that is what Westfield has to say about it, the same thing they have said for a decade! So what of the new owners? How do they feel? justjustice

4:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

MontyLeMar says...

So Westfield think that further development at White Rose will harm Bradford? Have they been to Leeds recently? It is a shoppers paradise so anything Westffield build here is going to struggle to compete with Leeds.

But basicly it looks like all systems go for Bradford but they're going to go at a snails pace hoping that the economy will pick up in the mean time. Still time for Mayer-Bergman to get cold feet though.
So Westfield think that further development at White Rose will harm Bradford? Have they been to Leeds recently? It is a shoppers paradise so anything Westffield build here is going to struggle to compete with Leeds. But basicly it looks like all systems go for Bradford but they're going to go at a snails pace hoping that the economy will pick up in the mean time. Still time for Mayer-Bergman to get cold feet though. MontyLeMar

5:52pm Wed 11 Dec 13

angry bradfordian says...

“Westfield........
........... have objected to the planning application to extend the White Rose shopping centre on grounds of harmful impact on the city of Bradford and local town centres."

Every time I read this statement is makes me angrier at the sheer cheek of Westfield accusing anybody else of harming the City of Bradford!
“Westfield........ ........... have objected to the planning application to extend the White Rose shopping centre on grounds of harmful impact on the city of Bradford and local town centres." Every time I read this statement is makes me angrier at the sheer cheek of Westfield accusing anybody else of harming the City of Bradford! angry bradfordian

6:44pm Wed 11 Dec 13

lazybeat says...

it won't happen
it won't happen lazybeat

7:53pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Here is a simple solution.
As 7 of the 9 shops are in Bradford anyway, simply keep the existing stores rather than leave them empty which is what they will be in a matter of weeks if Westfield is built and simply stick Debenhams in the old TJ Hughes. Whats the point of a huge new mall for a net gain of Debenhams?
I really can't see the point either as the rest of the centre will just be more of a mess than it is now with empty shops. It was around fifty or so years ago that they built the new shiny Broadway development hoping to take the shoppers away from the rest of the town with those messy old Victorian shops and the old Kirkgate Market and then replaced with that concrete thing that is there now. But now they like the old Victorian buildings and the rest is history as the Broadway Development didn't take over all the other shops. It served a purpose and wasn't looked after properly and then we have the situation where we are now, is there really any point in building it?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Here is a simple solution. As 7 of the 9 shops are in Bradford anyway, simply keep the existing stores rather than leave them empty which is what they will be in a matter of weeks if Westfield is built and simply stick Debenhams in the old TJ Hughes. Whats the point of a huge new mall for a net gain of Debenhams?[/p][/quote]I really can't see the point either as the rest of the centre will just be more of a mess than it is now with empty shops. It was around fifty or so years ago that they built the new shiny Broadway development hoping to take the shoppers away from the rest of the town with those messy old Victorian shops and the old Kirkgate Market and then replaced with that concrete thing that is there now. But now they like the old Victorian buildings and the rest is history as the Broadway Development didn't take over all the other shops. It served a purpose and wasn't looked after properly and then we have the situation where we are now, is there really any point in building it? Papa Smurfs Wig

8:08pm Wed 11 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

George Galloway wrote a letter specifically about this to Westfield, this is the answer which I believe is the truth, Westfield are committed to this venture and building will commence in the near future. I believe if Westfield were going to ditch this project it would have been done by now.
George Galloway wrote a letter specifically about this to Westfield, this is the answer which I believe is the truth, Westfield are committed to this venture and building will commence in the near future. I believe if Westfield were going to ditch this project it would have been done by now. bcfc1903

8:11pm Wed 11 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

By answer, i mean the T&A piece above.
By answer, i mean the T&A piece above. bcfc1903

9:27pm Wed 11 Dec 13

LittleN says...

Having managed to escape from Bradford all I can say is bring on the White Rose expansion and I would love to see a new Cinema there.

Until Westfield have built in Bradford, I think they should keep very very quiet.
Having managed to escape from Bradford all I can say is bring on the White Rose expansion and I would love to see a new Cinema there. Until Westfield have built in Bradford, I think they should keep very very quiet. LittleN

10:29pm Wed 11 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

I can't see what's being planned for White Rose having any bearing on the Bradford development, we shall see, I believe Westfield are committed to Bradford, it would make no sense whatsoever for them to pull the plug now when economically all the pundits say the UK is doing better and recovering from recession..I think there is a slow recovery in Bradford city centre footfall and this addition would accelerate that when built. A refurbished Odeon would also be a wonderful addition to the city centre.
I can't see what's being planned for White Rose having any bearing on the Bradford development, we shall see, I believe Westfield are committed to Bradford, it would make no sense whatsoever for them to pull the plug now when economically all the pundits say the UK is doing better and recovering from recession..I think there is a slow recovery in Bradford city centre footfall and this addition would accelerate that when built. A refurbished Odeon would also be a wonderful addition to the city centre. bcfc1903

6:18am Thu 12 Dec 13

ProudBradfordian says...

I have never heard so much BS in all my life from a building contractor. If amazing multimillion projects like trinity in Leeds can be concieved and built during a "recession" then building a simple one building shopping mail is a doddle. Just BUILD it... No more excuses, no more waiting around for the right market, no more consultations, no more protests. Just BJILD THE **** THING....
I have never heard so much BS in all my life from a building contractor. If amazing multimillion projects like trinity in Leeds can be concieved and built during a "recession" then building a simple one building shopping mail is a doddle. Just BUILD it... No more excuses, no more waiting around for the right market, no more consultations, no more protests. Just BJILD THE **** THING.... ProudBradfordian

5:45pm Thu 12 Dec 13

collos25 says...

The letter also says "delivery of the Broadway scheme is at a critical stage and there is a serious risk of timely implementation".

We are only getting half the story in the T&A it sounds as though Westfield want the White Rose Centre extension to go ahead so the have an excuse to high tale it out of Bradford.
The letter also says "delivery of the Broadway scheme is at a critical stage and there is a serious risk of timely implementation". We are only getting half the story in the T&A it sounds as though Westfield want the White Rose Centre extension to go ahead so the have an excuse to high tale it out of Bradford. collos25

9:14am Fri 13 Dec 13

SinnerSaint says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
I can't see what's being planned for White Rose having any bearing on the Bradford development, we shall see, I believe Westfield are committed to Bradford, it would make no sense whatsoever for them to pull the plug now when economically all the pundits say the UK is doing better and recovering from recession..I think there is a slow recovery in Bradford city centre footfall and this addition would accelerate that when built. A refurbished Odeon would also be a wonderful addition to the city centre.
"I believe Westfield are committed to Bradford"

Oh God yes, for the last ten years or so they have been. Having destroyed the city centre the level of commitment they've shown has been outstanding!!!

I believe you should be committed to a mental institution.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I can't see what's being planned for White Rose having any bearing on the Bradford development, we shall see, I believe Westfield are committed to Bradford, it would make no sense whatsoever for them to pull the plug now when economically all the pundits say the UK is doing better and recovering from recession..I think there is a slow recovery in Bradford city centre footfall and this addition would accelerate that when built. A refurbished Odeon would also be a wonderful addition to the city centre.[/p][/quote]"I believe Westfield are committed to Bradford" Oh God yes, for the last ten years or so they have been. Having destroyed the city centre the level of commitment they've shown has been outstanding!!! I believe you should be committed to a mental institution. SinnerSaint

6:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Uther Pendragon says...

Never happen !!!!!!
Never happen !!!!!! Uther Pendragon

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