Plans for up to 600 houses on the site of Fagley Quarry have finally been revealed, 15 months after neighbours were first asked for their views on the idea.
A planning application submitted to Bradford Council looks to transform the quarry into family homes to deal with the district’s “chronic housing shortage.”
One local councillor said residents had been “frustrated” over the delay in details of the quarry’s future being brought forward and doubts whether it would have much local support now it has.
The Marshall family, owners of the quarry off Moorside Road and Harrogate Road, first announced plans for houses in 2012, holding a public consultation that October.
A number of responses said the development would be a good way to provide houses for first-time buyers, but others raised concerns that hundreds of new houses would clog the surrounding roads with traffic and leave schools and doctors struggling to cope.
The Marshalls said the delay in submitting the application was because they wanted all the plans to be “robustly tested” beforehand.
The development would include four hectares of land owned by Bradford Council.
Commenting on behalf of the owners, William Marshall said: “Because the quarry is coming to the end of its natural life, we have to consider our options for future use of the site.
“Since the public consultation, we have been working hard on the plans behind the scenes and we believe the plans now deliver a scheme that makes excellent use of the site. As our planning application works its way through the planning system we will continue to talk to members of the community, stakeholders and the council.”
Despite being on the site for more than 150 years, the application says: “The site is separated from the industrial heart of Bradford and its location amidst an extensive residential zone makes it strategically ill-placed for industrial business. The quarry’s long term future is economically unviable.”
The development would include a “local centre” including a convenience store, nursery, areas of public open space and several ponds. Throstles Nest, an 18th century farmhouse and barn on the site, will be re-furbished.
Coun Geoff Reid (Eccleshill) said: “I was at a meeting of Fagley residents earlier this week and everyone was very frustrated because of the delays in the plans. They didn’t know what was going on. We really needed the application to go in so we would know what we were arguing about. With the size of the project this is not something I think I can support.”