‘New homes will lead to more traffic chaos in Baildon’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Val Townend Coun Val Townend

Traffic trouble on Otley Road in Baildon will worsen if plans for 110 new homes go ahead in the New Year, warns a councillor.

A proposal to create a new estate on Cliffe Lane West was unveiled at a public consultation held in Baildon Library two weeks ago.

The scheme is for an as-yet unnamed housing association to build a mix of homes for sale or rent on designated building land which is owned by Bradford Council.

And the so-called “lifestyle” houses would have an adaptable number of bedrooms, thanks to removable partition walls.

But Councillor Val Townend (Con, Baildon) is worried that an estimated 200 vehicles belonging to future residents would create serious problems on surrounding roads.

She said: “We just build and build, but have no infrastructure to support it all.

“I’ve got serious concerns relating to the proposal to build these houses before necessary improvements to transport and road junctions take place.

“Yes, this is designated land, but what it means is that most of the cars that go with these homes – none of which have garages – will all be heading down to Green Lane and then to Otley Road where they will mainly be trying to turn right.”

She said council planners set too much store by the imagined use of public transport when considering such schemes.

“I think the anticipated use of public transport is often over-optimistic,” she said “And they’ll still need to drive into Shipley in order to catch the train,” she said.

“The new homes themselves are interesting in that they can be partitioned to either be two or three bedroomed.

“So that if the number of occupants goes down, the house can be easily converted into a two bedroom and so avoid what they call ‘the bedroom tax’. We know new houses need to be built, but what we need to do is get infrastructure sorted out first – such as traffic lights to control the Green Lane and Otley Road junction.”

Bradford Council’s lead member on housing issues Coun Val Slater (Lab, Royds) said she had discussed the matter with Coun Townend and explained it was very hard to obtain funding for such infrastructure at this early stage.

“It’s a bit like chicken and the egg in that it’s very difficult to obtain money for traffic infrastructure up front,” she said.

“These issues will be addressed as any application is being decided and Coun Townend will have the opportunity to comment on it during that process.”

“I do support this application, in a way it’s a plus, plus situation for the council as it’s a brownfield site and obviously the council is doing its part to try and supply new homes for the district,” Coun Slater said.

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9:45am Wed 1 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

Green Lane Junction with Otley Road for years the Council have failed the present people living in the area in not providing a better junction with traffic lights or roundabout etc.
Green Lane Junction with Otley Road for years the Council have failed the present people living in the area in not providing a better junction with traffic lights or roundabout etc. Joedavid

10:17am Wed 1 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
Green Lane Junction with Otley Road for years the Council have failed the present people living in the area in not providing a better junction with traffic lights or roundabout etc.
True, it certainly needs some lights.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Green Lane Junction with Otley Road for years the Council have failed the present people living in the area in not providing a better junction with traffic lights or roundabout etc.[/p][/quote]True, it certainly needs some lights. Albion.

10:18am Wed 1 Jan 14

MontyLeMar says...

We have a national housing shortage and yet it seems every conceivable objection is being made to prevent houses being built. The economy is beginning to take off again, immigration is on the increase, wages are stagnant, we are going to need more housing association developments like these. If we wait for infrastructure to catch up we will never build anything and low wage earners will continue to be ripped off by buy-to-let landlords. It should be built as soon as possible. Not sure if I agree with the flexible bedrooms approach, more nonsense inspired by this coalition government.
We have a national housing shortage and yet it seems every conceivable objection is being made to prevent houses being built. The economy is beginning to take off again, immigration is on the increase, wages are stagnant, we are going to need more housing association developments like these. If we wait for infrastructure to catch up we will never build anything and low wage earners will continue to be ripped off by buy-to-let landlords. It should be built as soon as possible. Not sure if I agree with the flexible bedrooms approach, more nonsense inspired by this coalition government. MontyLeMar

10:23am Wed 1 Jan 14

Albion. says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
We have a national housing shortage and yet it seems every conceivable objection is being made to prevent houses being built. The economy is beginning to take off again, immigration is on the increase, wages are stagnant, we are going to need more housing association developments like these. If we wait for infrastructure to catch up we will never build anything and low wage earners will continue to be ripped off by buy-to-let landlords. It should be built as soon as possible. Not sure if I agree with the flexible bedrooms approach, more nonsense inspired by this coalition government.
I think it sounds like a good idea, I agree that they should be built though.
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: We have a national housing shortage and yet it seems every conceivable objection is being made to prevent houses being built. The economy is beginning to take off again, immigration is on the increase, wages are stagnant, we are going to need more housing association developments like these. If we wait for infrastructure to catch up we will never build anything and low wage earners will continue to be ripped off by buy-to-let landlords. It should be built as soon as possible. Not sure if I agree with the flexible bedrooms approach, more nonsense inspired by this coalition government.[/p][/quote]I think it sounds like a good idea, I agree that they should be built though. Albion.

10:43am Wed 1 Jan 14

BertSanders says...

It is syptomatic of our time - we are overcrowded and desperately short of houses for those that are here now. It can only get worse.
It is syptomatic of our time - we are overcrowded and desperately short of houses for those that are here now. It can only get worse. BertSanders

12:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

RollandSmoke says...

Until such a time that we have jobs for people to take up building anywhere in Bradford is folly. Build down south where the government is actually doing something (although not a lot) to improve the jobs crisis.
Until such a time that we have jobs for people to take up building anywhere in Bradford is folly. Build down south where the government is actually doing something (although not a lot) to improve the jobs crisis. RollandSmoke

12:07pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Andy_Bfd says...

Once again an illustrious councilor is objecting to a much needed housing development and once again how about providing solutions rather than objections. These councilors are members of the ruling Labour party and are therefore in a position to do something about the traffic problems. Of course they won't as its easier to object to everything rather than provide solutions that might need some of the imagination sadly lacking in our council
Once again an illustrious councilor is objecting to a much needed housing development and once again how about providing solutions rather than objections. These councilors are members of the ruling Labour party and are therefore in a position to do something about the traffic problems. Of course they won't as its easier to object to everything rather than provide solutions that might need some of the imagination sadly lacking in our council Andy_Bfd

12:38pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Reality001 says...

Andy_Bfd wrote:
Once again an illustrious councilor is objecting to a much needed housing development and once again how about providing solutions rather than objections. These councilors are members of the ruling Labour party and are therefore in a position to do something about the traffic problems. Of course they won't as its easier to object to everything rather than provide solutions that might need some of the imagination sadly lacking in our council
Councillor Townend who is against the plan is a Tory - Not a member of the Labour ruling group !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Andy_Bfd[/bold] wrote: Once again an illustrious councilor is objecting to a much needed housing development and once again how about providing solutions rather than objections. These councilors are members of the ruling Labour party and are therefore in a position to do something about the traffic problems. Of course they won't as its easier to object to everything rather than provide solutions that might need some of the imagination sadly lacking in our council[/p][/quote]Councillor Townend who is against the plan is a Tory - Not a member of the Labour ruling group !!!! Reality001

1:41pm Wed 1 Jan 14

BaildonGuy says...

Of course we need the houses, especially houses built on brownfields. But we also need the infrastructure. Without it life will become a dangerous misery for existing as well as future residents. In particular something needs to be done about the congestion at the junction of Green Lane and Otley Road. This will become much worse as Buck Lane comes on stream and the Holme Mill development is completed.

As we saw at Buck Lane, the Planners just fiddle with the traffic figures until they get the result they want. The Council needs more Council Taxes and Business Rates to plug its funding hole.

This leads to some eye watering inconsistencies. At the Shipley supermarket enquiry Labour Councillors cited the increase in traffic along Otley Road as a reason for turning down the Crossley Evans application. Recently Val Townend and her fellow Tories opposed the public petition for traffic lights at Green Lane, she is now arguing if favour of them.

You expect Councillors to be hypocrites, it goes with the territory, but you do at least hope that they will be sensible, consistent and pragmatic hypocrites.
Of course we need the houses, especially houses built on brownfields. But we also need the infrastructure. Without it life will become a dangerous misery for existing as well as future residents. In particular something needs to be done about the congestion at the junction of Green Lane and Otley Road. This will become much worse as Buck Lane comes on stream and the Holme Mill development is completed. As we saw at Buck Lane, the Planners just fiddle with the traffic figures until they get the result they want. The Council needs more Council Taxes and Business Rates to plug its funding hole. This leads to some eye watering inconsistencies. At the Shipley supermarket enquiry Labour Councillors cited the increase in traffic along Otley Road as a reason for turning down the Crossley Evans application. Recently Val Townend and her fellow Tories opposed the public petition for traffic lights at Green Lane, she is now arguing if favour of them. You expect Councillors to be hypocrites, it goes with the territory, but you do at least hope that they will be sensible, consistent and pragmatic hypocrites. BaildonGuy

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