Oakworth company's thanks as Bradford councillors back plans for site in Green Belt

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Vale Mill site The Vale Mill site

The managers of a Keighley factory say Bradford Council’s decision to support the business could secure dozens of jobs over the next decade.

Linear Composites had applied for planning permission to turn an area of land at their site at Vale Mill, Mytholmes Lane, Oakworth, into a storage area and space where lorries could park and manoeuvre.

They said the changes would make it easier for lorries to make deliveries to and from the site, as well as creating up to 16 extra jobs.

The company’s Italian owners Maccaferri had told management that if permission was granted, they would extend the company’s lease at Vale Mills for another ten years. But if it were refused, the owners would likely move the business to another site, possibly even abroad, when the lease came up for renewal at the end of the year.

Despite the threat to the business’ future, planning officers had recommended the application for refusal – because it would harm the Green Belt and went against Council policy.

When it came before the Regulatory and Appeals Committee yesterday, an impassioned plea from both the company’s managing director and ward Councillor Rebecca Poulson convinced councillors to back the plans.

With the site being in the Green Belt, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will have the final say on whether the changes can go ahead.

Planning officers said the site was in protected Green Belt and the company had not done enough to show there were “exceptional circumstances” to show the scheme should go ahead.

And there had been a number of objections from people saying the development would spoil views from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Coun Poulson (Con, Worth Valley) said: “The mill has been there for hundreds of years. This land is a waste area next to an industrial mill and they aren’t going to be building on this area.”

Steve Miller, group managing director, said: “This will create 16 full-time jobs, and as a business we spend £3 million on local suppliers.”

He explained the difficulty for lorries to access the site, adding: “One alternative to this is we re-locate the business.”

During the debate, committee deputy chairman, Coun Imran Khan (Lab, Bowling and Barkerend), pointed to an image of the site on a screen and asked planning officers: “What exactly are we trying to protect here? It looks awful.

“Let’s not get hung up on the fact that this is Green Belt – to me that’s just derelict land.”

After the committee voted to support the plans, Mr Miller said: “This secures the future of employment on the site. It’s not over yet because we still need a decision from Eric Pickles, but commonsense has prevailed today.”

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8:43am Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

If this means an increase in HGVs accessing the site down Vale Mill Lane - a road made for horse drawn carts at best - then it's ludicrous.

Already the residents and "normal" motorists have had to endure years of vehicle damage and inconvenience.
If this means an increase in HGVs accessing the site down Vale Mill Lane - a road made for horse drawn carts at best - then it's ludicrous. Already the residents and "normal" motorists have had to endure years of vehicle damage and inconvenience. MarkPullen

9:24am Thu 20 Feb 14

sorrow&anger says...

So much for Cllr. Slater's brownfields first promise. At the first opportunity our Councillors give in to greedy developers and threats from foreigners. The City doesn't stand a chance.
So much for Cllr. Slater's brownfields first promise. At the first opportunity our Councillors give in to greedy developers and threats from foreigners. The City doesn't stand a chance. sorrow&anger

9:33am Thu 20 Feb 14

pcmanners says...

Councillors shouldn't give into this kind of blackmail and showboating. They really ought to know by now that these threats are always empty. If a company is profitable enough to be able to afford a large extension then it isn't going to close itself down. I suspect our cash strapped Council is only interested in the increase in business rates.
Councillors shouldn't give into this kind of blackmail and showboating. They really ought to know by now that these threats are always empty. If a company is profitable enough to be able to afford a large extension then it isn't going to close itself down. I suspect our cash strapped Council is only interested in the increase in business rates. pcmanners

9:36am Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Anybody who knows this area will understand the total lack of viability for increasing any commercial operation.

Only one possible access road past a terrace of housing with constant parked vehicles outside. No off-road land available for parking.

Often gridlocked and don't even go near the area when the snow/ice comes!
Anybody who knows this area will understand the total lack of viability for increasing any commercial operation. Only one possible access road past a terrace of housing with constant parked vehicles outside. No off-road land available for parking. Often gridlocked and don't even go near the area when the snow/ice comes! MarkPullen

10:57am Thu 20 Feb 14

Albion. says...

I agree with comments about access here, as the council has plenty of brownfield sites that are more accessible and they can't get rid of, how about offering this company one for free? Providing of course that certain guarantees are met.
I agree with comments about access here, as the council has plenty of brownfield sites that are more accessible and they can't get rid of, how about offering this company one for free? Providing of course that certain guarantees are met. Albion.

11:01am Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

I seem to recall that planning applications to convert to housing were refused on the grounds of vehicular access and yet here we have 7.5T / 17T vehicles being driven by individuals who are unlikely to understand the road attending the site.

I'm all for supporting local businesses but let's ensure we keep our heads screwed on when it comes to common sense decisions.

Maybe residents should be entitled to sue BMDC for damages caused? ;-)
I seem to recall that planning applications to convert to housing were refused on the grounds of vehicular access and yet here we have 7.5T / 17T vehicles being driven by individuals who are unlikely to understand the road attending the site. I'm all for supporting local businesses but let's ensure we keep our heads screwed on when it comes to common sense decisions. Maybe residents should be entitled to sue BMDC for damages caused? ;-) MarkPullen

12:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Keighley Watch says...

I think that a lot of confusing comments have been made here that are not justified. First of all the land is not green belt, how can it be, it was a dam for many years feeding the mill, my grandfather worked there. Second point, this is not greedy developers showboating or threatening to move, it is a business that gives local people job security, how do I know? my brother in law has worked there for the last twenty years. Finally, if damage occurs to vehicles or other property whilst HGV or any other vehicle that uses Vale Mill Lane, then that is what we have insurance premiums for. Life is difficult enough for the working man today, the last thing they need is negative comments from people that could threaten their job security.
I think that a lot of confusing comments have been made here that are not justified. First of all the land is not green belt, how can it be, it was a dam for many years feeding the mill, my grandfather worked there. Second point, this is not greedy developers showboating or threatening to move, it is a business that gives local people job security, how do I know? my brother in law has worked there for the last twenty years. Finally, if damage occurs to vehicles or other property whilst HGV or any other vehicle that uses Vale Mill Lane, then that is what we have insurance premiums for. Life is difficult enough for the working man today, the last thing they need is negative comments from people that could threaten their job security. Keighley Watch

1:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Keighley Watch wrote:
I think that a lot of confusing comments have been made here that are not justified. First of all the land is not green belt, how can it be, it was a dam for many years feeding the mill, my grandfather worked there. Second point, this is not greedy developers showboating or threatening to move, it is a business that gives local people job security, how do I know? my brother in law has worked there for the last twenty years. Finally, if damage occurs to vehicles or other property whilst HGV or any other vehicle that uses Vale Mill Lane, then that is what we have insurance premiums for. Life is difficult enough for the working man today, the last thing they need is negative comments from people that could threaten their job security.
Whilst increasing vehicles on roads that were never made for HGV traffic is acceptable - especially near residential properties?

Nothing confusing about my comments.

Please explain how, when a resident steps out of their house to find a damaged wing mirror, are they going to be able to pin it down to a specific vehicle? Why should their insurance premiums rise, or pay out of their own pockets, because a delivery driver doesn't know how to read the road?

I have sympathy regarding job security, having been made redundant in recent years, but if the company is outgrowing the site and prepared to invest then maybe relocation is a viable option.
[quote][p][bold]Keighley Watch[/bold] wrote: I think that a lot of confusing comments have been made here that are not justified. First of all the land is not green belt, how can it be, it was a dam for many years feeding the mill, my grandfather worked there. Second point, this is not greedy developers showboating or threatening to move, it is a business that gives local people job security, how do I know? my brother in law has worked there for the last twenty years. Finally, if damage occurs to vehicles or other property whilst HGV or any other vehicle that uses Vale Mill Lane, then that is what we have insurance premiums for. Life is difficult enough for the working man today, the last thing they need is negative comments from people that could threaten their job security.[/p][/quote]Whilst increasing vehicles on roads that were never made for HGV traffic is acceptable - especially near residential properties? Nothing confusing about my comments. Please explain how, when a resident steps out of their house to find a damaged wing mirror, are they going to be able to pin it down to a specific vehicle? Why should their insurance premiums rise, or pay out of their own pockets, because a delivery driver doesn't know how to read the road? I have sympathy regarding job security, having been made redundant in recent years, but if the company is outgrowing the site and prepared to invest then maybe relocation is a viable option. MarkPullen

1:03pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

The map on this story is incorrect!
The map on this story is incorrect! MarkPullen

1:27pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Keighley Watch says...

Mark, i lived on a road as narrow as that towards the bottom of Vale Mill Lane for eight years. One day i came out of my house and noticed my wing mirror had been hit by something else and had to lose out for repair. After this happened i used common sense and decided that even with the mirror in, there was still that risk of damaged occuring. I bet you are excited to hear what i did? okay i will tell you. I decided to park my car a little further up the hill from my house where the road was wider and the car was safer. yes i had to walk for 40 seconds to reach my front door but that's the pain i had to endure for living on such a tight road. It worked though, no more damage to my vehicle, happy days.
Mark, i lived on a road as narrow as that towards the bottom of Vale Mill Lane for eight years. One day i came out of my house and noticed my wing mirror had been hit by something else and had to lose out for repair. After this happened i used common sense and decided that even with the mirror in, there was still that risk of damaged occuring. I bet you are excited to hear what i did? okay i will tell you. I decided to park my car a little further up the hill from my house where the road was wider and the car was safer. yes i had to walk for 40 seconds to reach my front door but that's the pain i had to endure for living on such a tight road. It worked though, no more damage to my vehicle, happy days. Keighley Watch

1:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Keighley Watch wrote:
Mark, i lived on a road as narrow as that towards the bottom of Vale Mill Lane for eight years. One day i came out of my house and noticed my wing mirror had been hit by something else and had to lose out for repair. After this happened i used common sense and decided that even with the mirror in, there was still that risk of damaged occuring. I bet you are excited to hear what i did? okay i will tell you. I decided to park my car a little further up the hill from my house where the road was wider and the car was safer. yes i had to walk for 40 seconds to reach my front door but that's the pain i had to endure for living on such a tight road. It worked though, no more damage to my vehicle, happy days.
So where, on Vale Mill Lane, do you suggest that the residents park their vehicles?

I have knowledge of the area and it isn't just about a "40 seconds" walk.
[quote][p][bold]Keighley Watch[/bold] wrote: Mark, i lived on a road as narrow as that towards the bottom of Vale Mill Lane for eight years. One day i came out of my house and noticed my wing mirror had been hit by something else and had to lose out for repair. After this happened i used common sense and decided that even with the mirror in, there was still that risk of damaged occuring. I bet you are excited to hear what i did? okay i will tell you. I decided to park my car a little further up the hill from my house where the road was wider and the car was safer. yes i had to walk for 40 seconds to reach my front door but that's the pain i had to endure for living on such a tight road. It worked though, no more damage to my vehicle, happy days.[/p][/quote]So where, on Vale Mill Lane, do you suggest that the residents park their vehicles? I have knowledge of the area and it isn't just about a "40 seconds" walk. MarkPullen

1:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Keighley Watch says...

I too have local knowledge of the area, hey we have something in common. They could park just above the disabled riding school where the new houses were built a few years back, the road there is very wide, it's not difficult to walk to their front doors. Also across the road from their houses, i have noticed that some have adopted land to use as gardens, now i'm not sure if that is legally their land or they have just quietly taken it, either way there is enough space to hardcore and create parking spaces. The public road is paid for by those who pay road tax Mark, people do not own the area outside their house, i know some think they do.
I too have local knowledge of the area, hey we have something in common. They could park just above the disabled riding school where the new houses were built a few years back, the road there is very wide, it's not difficult to walk to their front doors. Also across the road from their houses, i have noticed that some have adopted land to use as gardens, now i'm not sure if that is legally their land or they have just quietly taken it, either way there is enough space to hardcore and create parking spaces. The public road is paid for by those who pay road tax Mark, people do not own the area outside their house, i know some think they do. Keighley Watch

1:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Keighley Watch wrote:
I too have local knowledge of the area, hey we have something in common. They could park just above the disabled riding school where the new houses were built a few years back, the road there is very wide, it's not difficult to walk to their front doors. Also across the road from their houses, i have noticed that some have adopted land to use as gardens, now i'm not sure if that is legally their land or they have just quietly taken it, either way there is enough space to hardcore and create parking spaces. The public road is paid for by those who pay road tax Mark, people do not own the area outside their house, i know some think they do.
So your helpful suggestions are to park their cars a distance (not 40 seconds) from their homes, along a road with no pedestrian footpath or spend money or converting land into a small parking bay?

I'm assuming you'd also be prepared to tell them that it's their fault for not considering the local economy.
[quote][p][bold]Keighley Watch[/bold] wrote: I too have local knowledge of the area, hey we have something in common. They could park just above the disabled riding school where the new houses were built a few years back, the road there is very wide, it's not difficult to walk to their front doors. Also across the road from their houses, i have noticed that some have adopted land to use as gardens, now i'm not sure if that is legally their land or they have just quietly taken it, either way there is enough space to hardcore and create parking spaces. The public road is paid for by those who pay road tax Mark, people do not own the area outside their house, i know some think they do.[/p][/quote]So your helpful suggestions are to park their cars a distance (not 40 seconds) from their homes, along a road with no pedestrian footpath or spend money or converting land into a small parking bay? I'm assuming you'd also be prepared to tell them that it's their fault for not considering the local economy. MarkPullen

2:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Keighley Watch says...

There are lots of things to consider when you buy property of this kind Mark. I am not going to get into a constant email attack with you so this is my last message response to you. I live in Oakworth and commute each morning via Vale Mill Lane. I sometimes get caught by HGV vehicles backing into both SA Labels and Linear Composites. As a local i fully support any application that removes vehicles from parking on the road to a holding area away from the public road. Mark, you do not live in this area, you moved away some time ago. With this in mind it is my belief that your comments on this site are not helpful but more trying to create problems, something in my opinion you have no right as an outsider to this town in doing so.
There are lots of things to consider when you buy property of this kind Mark. I am not going to get into a constant email attack with you so this is my last message response to you. I live in Oakworth and commute each morning via Vale Mill Lane. I sometimes get caught by HGV vehicles backing into both SA Labels and Linear Composites. As a local i fully support any application that removes vehicles from parking on the road to a holding area away from the public road. Mark, you do not live in this area, you moved away some time ago. With this in mind it is my belief that your comments on this site are not helpful but more trying to create problems, something in my opinion you have no right as an outsider to this town in doing so. Keighley Watch

7:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Johan stapleton says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
So much for Cllr. Slater's brownfields first promise. At the first opportunity our Councillors give in to greedy developers and threats from foreigners. The City doesn't stand a chance.
This is a brownfield site within the green belt if you read the planning application.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: So much for Cllr. Slater's brownfields first promise. At the first opportunity our Councillors give in to greedy developers and threats from foreigners. The City doesn't stand a chance.[/p][/quote]This is a brownfield site within the green belt if you read the planning application. Johan stapleton

7:28pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Keighley Watch wrote:
There are lots of things to consider when you buy property of this kind Mark. I am not going to get into a constant email attack with you so this is my last message response to you. I live in Oakworth and commute each morning via Vale Mill Lane. I sometimes get caught by HGV vehicles backing into both SA Labels and Linear Composites. As a local i fully support any application that removes vehicles from parking on the road to a holding area away from the public road. Mark, you do not live in this area, you moved away some time ago. With this in mind it is my belief that your comments on this site are not helpful but more trying to create problems, something in my opinion you have no right as an outsider to this town in doing so.
Just to clarify that nothing has changed in the 3 days since I was on Vale Mill Lane - it is still the same issue that was happening 24 months ago when I was the local parish councillor and during the 30+ years as a resident.

I think you'll find that as a "commuter" you have less input into the village of Cross Roads than myself - a householder in the village and trustee on a local charity.

By the way - these aren't emails - it's a comment thread!
[quote][p][bold]Keighley Watch[/bold] wrote: There are lots of things to consider when you buy property of this kind Mark. I am not going to get into a constant email attack with you so this is my last message response to you. I live in Oakworth and commute each morning via Vale Mill Lane. I sometimes get caught by HGV vehicles backing into both SA Labels and Linear Composites. As a local i fully support any application that removes vehicles from parking on the road to a holding area away from the public road. Mark, you do not live in this area, you moved away some time ago. With this in mind it is my belief that your comments on this site are not helpful but more trying to create problems, something in my opinion you have no right as an outsider to this town in doing so.[/p][/quote]Just to clarify that nothing has changed in the 3 days since I was on Vale Mill Lane - it is still the same issue that was happening 24 months ago when I was the local parish councillor and during the 30+ years as a resident. I think you'll find that as a "commuter" you have less input into the village of Cross Roads than myself - a householder in the village and trustee on a local charity. By the way - these aren't emails - it's a comment thread! MarkPullen

7:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Johan stapleton says...

MarkPullen wrote:
If this means an increase in HGVs accessing the site down Vale Mill Lane - a road made for horse drawn carts at best - then it's ludicrous.

Already the residents and "normal" motorists have had to endure years of vehicle damage and inconvenience.
If you read the planning application the whole idea of the scheme is to reduce the amount of HGV movements
[quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: If this means an increase in HGVs accessing the site down Vale Mill Lane - a road made for horse drawn carts at best - then it's ludicrous. Already the residents and "normal" motorists have had to endure years of vehicle damage and inconvenience.[/p][/quote]If you read the planning application the whole idea of the scheme is to reduce the amount of HGV movements Johan stapleton

7:51pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Johan stapleton says...

pcmanners wrote:
Councillors shouldn't give into this kind of blackmail and showboating. They really ought to know by now that these threats are always empty. If a company is profitable enough to be able to afford a large extension then it isn't going to close itself down. I suspect our cash strapped Council is only interested in the increase in business rates.
If you read the planning application there is no rateable buildings being built!
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Councillors shouldn't give into this kind of blackmail and showboating. They really ought to know by now that these threats are always empty. If a company is profitable enough to be able to afford a large extension then it isn't going to close itself down. I suspect our cash strapped Council is only interested in the increase in business rates.[/p][/quote]If you read the planning application there is no rateable buildings being built! Johan stapleton

2:44am Fri 21 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

Seems to me that MarkPullen would rather kill off anything that could actually brings jobs to the region.
In his infinite wisdom could he offer another solution to the creation of so many jobs an no cost to the council.
And if they we're to relocate who's to say that it would be within the region or someplace out of the region taking all those jobs with them.
MarkPullen needs to understand that in today's economic climate we should be doing all we can the encourage growth to a region such as this.
Seems to me that MarkPullen would rather kill off anything that could actually brings jobs to the region. In his infinite wisdom could he offer another solution to the creation of so many jobs an no cost to the council. And if they we're to relocate who's to say that it would be within the region or someplace out of the region taking all those jobs with them. MarkPullen needs to understand that in today's economic climate we should be doing all we can the encourage growth to a region such as this. G_Firth

8:20am Fri 21 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

G_Firth wrote:
Seems to me that MarkPullen would rather kill off anything that could actually brings jobs to the region.
In his infinite wisdom could he offer another solution to the creation of so many jobs an no cost to the council.
And if they we're to relocate who's to say that it would be within the region or someplace out of the region taking all those jobs with them.
MarkPullen needs to understand that in today's economic climate we should be doing all we can the encourage growth to a region such as this.
My final post on this story as I'm saddened that as it's not directly affecting some posters they are using the "anything to keep jobs" stance - noble but neglecting the residents it affects.

I'm sure if it was on their doorstep (rather than commute) then they would soon be taking another stand completely.

I've no objection to job creation in the Worth Valley, or elsewhere. I do feel that it needs to be appropriate and avoid unnecessary negative impact - If we fail to consider the welfare of others then is it worth the cost?
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: Seems to me that MarkPullen would rather kill off anything that could actually brings jobs to the region. In his infinite wisdom could he offer another solution to the creation of so many jobs an no cost to the council. And if they we're to relocate who's to say that it would be within the region or someplace out of the region taking all those jobs with them. MarkPullen needs to understand that in today's economic climate we should be doing all we can the encourage growth to a region such as this.[/p][/quote]My final post on this story as I'm saddened that as it's not directly affecting some posters they are using the "anything to keep jobs" stance - noble but neglecting the residents it affects. I'm sure if it was on their doorstep (rather than commute) then they would soon be taking another stand completely. I've no objection to job creation in the Worth Valley, or elsewhere. I do feel that it needs to be appropriate and avoid unnecessary negative impact - If we fail to consider the welfare of others then is it worth the cost? MarkPullen

9:35am Fri 21 Feb 14

Keighley Watch says...

G_Firth wrote:
Seems to me that MarkPullen would rather kill off anything that could actually brings jobs to the region. In his infinite wisdom could he offer another solution to the creation of so many jobs an no cost to the council. And if they we're to relocate who's to say that it would be within the region or someplace out of the region taking all those jobs with them. MarkPullen needs to understand that in today's economic climate we should be doing all we can the encourage growth to a region such as this.
Your absolutely right G_Firth, funny thing is this individual makes negative comments on almost every story in the Keighley news, he obviously hasn't got enough to do, (benefits street) spring to mind.
He also resigned from his post on the parish council due to moving away from the area some time ago. I think there is always something a little sad about a person who doesnt live in an area but like to stir the pot.
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: Seems to me that MarkPullen would rather kill off anything that could actually brings jobs to the region. In his infinite wisdom could he offer another solution to the creation of so many jobs an no cost to the council. And if they we're to relocate who's to say that it would be within the region or someplace out of the region taking all those jobs with them. MarkPullen needs to understand that in today's economic climate we should be doing all we can the encourage growth to a region such as this.[/p][/quote]Your absolutely right G_Firth, funny thing is this individual makes negative comments on almost every story in the Keighley news, he obviously hasn't got enough to do, (benefits street) spring to mind. He also resigned from his post on the parish council due to moving away from the area some time ago. I think there is always something a little sad about a person who doesnt live in an area but like to stir the pot. Keighley Watch

3:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

horses mouth says...

I have lived in and around this area for 20 years. When walking past the factory one day I stopped to ask someone from the factory what was going on with the site. I thought they were building houses or something. I spoke with a very tall chap who said he was the boss there. He explained to me about the business and why they needed to store goods on site and also how the waiting area for wagons would reduce traffic in the immediate area. I asked him a few questions about why he wouldn't leave the area and it was clear that as the company is doing so well its wanted all over the world so if they told their HQ they had to move they would take it overseas.its also going to create more jobs which is great for the area. I told him some of my mates would be interested and he told me to get them to send their CV's to him. He even offered me a cup of tea. I came away thinking what a great idea it was. I would much rather see some industry in the area than an empty building becoming derelict. I think some of the posts above developers and threats from foreigners are a little bit silly and ill informed. As for the roads being designed for a horse and cart you could say that about every road in Britain built before 1900.
remember where you heard it straight from.....
I have lived in and around this area for 20 years. When walking past the factory one day I stopped to ask someone from the factory what was going on with the site. I thought they were building houses or something. I spoke with a very tall chap who said he was the boss there. He explained to me about the business and why they needed to store goods on site and also how the waiting area for wagons would reduce traffic in the immediate area. I asked him a few questions about why he wouldn't leave the area and it was clear that as the company is doing so well its wanted all over the world so if they told their HQ they had to move they would take it overseas.its also going to create more jobs which is great for the area. I told him some of my mates would be interested and he told me to get them to send their CV's to him. He even offered me a cup of tea. I came away thinking what a great idea it was. I would much rather see some industry in the area than an empty building becoming derelict. I think some of the posts above developers and threats from foreigners are a little bit silly and ill informed. As for the roads being designed for a horse and cart you could say that about every road in Britain built before 1900. remember where you heard it straight from..... horses mouth

1:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Vale Farm says...

I have some significant points to make on this issue:-
1. A message for Councillor Khan - this site only looks derelict because Maccaferri bulldozed through the bushes, saplings etc that grew naturally on this site last year.
2. This land is part of the Green Belt that 'washes over' this area. I know this because my land is part of this Green Belt.
3. The councillors have gone against the Senior Planning Officer's recommendation to refuse this permission and have done so on the basis that a weir - situated away from the proposed site for development! - is a man made structure - this so called 'development' was made when the mill became a water mill in the 1800's. Centuries ago! Residents have submitted written and pictorial evidence that this land has never been developed since the old mill pond was filled in (and probably even earlier). There appears to have been little or no regard to this by the Regulatory and Appeals Committee.
4. Send your issues and objections to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at eric.pickles@communi
ties.gsi.gov.uk and his National Planning Team at npcu@communities.gsi
.gov.uk
5. A final point - the Highways Development Control Officer has said of the planned changes which will result in increased HGV and other delivery traffic on this country lane - that he has no objections. This is despite the unsuitable for HGV's traffic sign on this road!
I have some significant points to make on this issue:- 1. A message for Councillor Khan - this site only looks derelict because Maccaferri bulldozed through the bushes, saplings etc that grew naturally on this site last year. 2. This land is part of the Green Belt that 'washes over' this area. I know this because my land is part of this Green Belt. 3. The councillors have gone against the Senior Planning Officer's recommendation to refuse this permission and have done so on the basis that a weir - situated away from the proposed site for development! - is a man made structure - this so called 'development' was made when the mill became a water mill in the 1800's. Centuries ago! Residents have submitted written and pictorial evidence that this land has never been developed since the old mill pond was filled in (and probably even earlier). There appears to have been little or no regard to this by the Regulatory and Appeals Committee. 4. Send your issues and objections to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at eric.pickles@communi ties.gsi.gov.uk and his National Planning Team at npcu@communities.gsi .gov.uk 5. A final point - the Highways Development Control Officer has said of the planned changes which will result in increased HGV and other delivery traffic on this country lane - that he has no objections. This is despite the unsuitable for HGV's traffic sign on this road! Vale Farm

6:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Vale Farm says...

Dear Horses Mouth,

(I am not shooting the messenger here just making some points!)
If Maccafferri are doing so well then why can't they site the proposed storage development elsewhere in Keighley and not on the Green Belt? Surely they have the resources available to them to do this - they are a mult-national company who report an immense profit. And the proposed storage/forklift facility is for goods made abroad and for onward distribution across the UK. It is nothing to do with the products made on site at Vale Mills which are entirely different and are already stored close to the mill and are not going to be stored on the proposed site. the two operations are simply managed by the same company. That way the people employed at the mill would keep their jobs and everyone would be happy. All this info is available on BMDC's planning portal under planning reference 13/03733/FUL.
Dear Horses Mouth, (I am not shooting the messenger here just making some points!) If Maccafferri are doing so well then why can't they site the proposed storage development elsewhere in Keighley and not on the Green Belt? Surely they have the resources available to them to do this - they are a mult-national company who report an immense profit. And the proposed storage/forklift facility is for goods made abroad and for onward distribution across the UK. It is nothing to do with the products made on site at Vale Mills which are entirely different and are already stored close to the mill and are not going to be stored on the proposed site. the two operations are simply managed by the same company. That way the people employed at the mill would keep their jobs and everyone would be happy. All this info is available on BMDC's planning portal under planning reference 13/03733/FUL. Vale Farm

12:03pm Fri 28 Feb 14

horses mouth says...

Vale Farm wrote:
I have some significant points to make on this issue:-
1. A message for Councillor Khan - this site only looks derelict because Maccaferri bulldozed through the bushes, saplings etc that grew naturally on this site last year.
2. This land is part of the Green Belt that 'washes over' this area. I know this because my land is part of this Green Belt.
3. The councillors have gone against the Senior Planning Officer's recommendation to refuse this permission and have done so on the basis that a weir - situated away from the proposed site for development! - is a man made structure - this so called 'development' was made when the mill became a water mill in the 1800's. Centuries ago! Residents have submitted written and pictorial evidence that this land has never been developed since the old mill pond was filled in (and probably even earlier). There appears to have been little or no regard to this by the Regulatory and Appeals Committee.
4. Send your issues and objections to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at eric.pickles@communi

ties.gsi.gov.uk and his National Planning Team at npcu@communities.gsi

.gov.uk
5. A final point - the Highways Development Control Officer has said of the planned changes which will result in increased HGV and other delivery traffic on this country lane - that he has no objections. This is despite the unsuitable for HGV's traffic sign on this road!
Dear Mr Vale Farm

If you are so concerned about the green belt that's on your land why have you built your bed and breakfast business on it. Seems a little hypocritical to build an extension on green belt and then protest when others do it. I remember this one slipping through a few years back just as others have up vale mills lane.
[quote][p][bold]Vale Farm[/bold] wrote: I have some significant points to make on this issue:- 1. A message for Councillor Khan - this site only looks derelict because Maccaferri bulldozed through the bushes, saplings etc that grew naturally on this site last year. 2. This land is part of the Green Belt that 'washes over' this area. I know this because my land is part of this Green Belt. 3. The councillors have gone against the Senior Planning Officer's recommendation to refuse this permission and have done so on the basis that a weir - situated away from the proposed site for development! - is a man made structure - this so called 'development' was made when the mill became a water mill in the 1800's. Centuries ago! Residents have submitted written and pictorial evidence that this land has never been developed since the old mill pond was filled in (and probably even earlier). There appears to have been little or no regard to this by the Regulatory and Appeals Committee. 4. Send your issues and objections to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at eric.pickles@communi ties.gsi.gov.uk and his National Planning Team at npcu@communities.gsi .gov.uk 5. A final point - the Highways Development Control Officer has said of the planned changes which will result in increased HGV and other delivery traffic on this country lane - that he has no objections. This is despite the unsuitable for HGV's traffic sign on this road![/p][/quote]Dear Mr Vale Farm If you are so concerned about the green belt that's on your land why have you built your bed and breakfast business on it. Seems a little hypocritical to build an extension on green belt and then protest when others do it. I remember this one slipping through a few years back just as others have up vale mills lane. horses mouth

12:04pm Fri 28 Feb 14

horses mouth says...

Vale Farm wrote:
I have some significant points to make on this issue:-
1. A message for Councillor Khan - this site only looks derelict because Maccaferri bulldozed through the bushes, saplings etc that grew naturally on this site last year.
2. This land is part of the Green Belt that 'washes over' this area. I know this because my land is part of this Green Belt.
3. The councillors have gone against the Senior Planning Officer's recommendation to refuse this permission and have done so on the basis that a weir - situated away from the proposed site for development! - is a man made structure - this so called 'development' was made when the mill became a water mill in the 1800's. Centuries ago! Residents have submitted written and pictorial evidence that this land has never been developed since the old mill pond was filled in (and probably even earlier). There appears to have been little or no regard to this by the Regulatory and Appeals Committee.
4. Send your issues and objections to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at eric.pickles@communi

ties.gsi.gov.uk and his National Planning Team at npcu@communities.gsi

.gov.uk
5. A final point - the Highways Development Control Officer has said of the planned changes which will result in increased HGV and other delivery traffic on this country lane - that he has no objections. This is despite the unsuitable for HGV's traffic sign on this road!
Dear Mr Vale Farm

If you are so concerned about the green belt around you and the green belt on your land that's on your land why have you built your bed and breakfast business on it. Seems a little hypocritical to build an extension on green belt and then protest when others do it. I remember this one slipping through a few years back just as others have up vale mills lane. Seems like now you can make money out of it you don't want others too.
[quote][p][bold]Vale Farm[/bold] wrote: I have some significant points to make on this issue:- 1. A message for Councillor Khan - this site only looks derelict because Maccaferri bulldozed through the bushes, saplings etc that grew naturally on this site last year. 2. This land is part of the Green Belt that 'washes over' this area. I know this because my land is part of this Green Belt. 3. The councillors have gone against the Senior Planning Officer's recommendation to refuse this permission and have done so on the basis that a weir - situated away from the proposed site for development! - is a man made structure - this so called 'development' was made when the mill became a water mill in the 1800's. Centuries ago! Residents have submitted written and pictorial evidence that this land has never been developed since the old mill pond was filled in (and probably even earlier). There appears to have been little or no regard to this by the Regulatory and Appeals Committee. 4. Send your issues and objections to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State at eric.pickles@communi ties.gsi.gov.uk and his National Planning Team at npcu@communities.gsi .gov.uk 5. A final point - the Highways Development Control Officer has said of the planned changes which will result in increased HGV and other delivery traffic on this country lane - that he has no objections. This is despite the unsuitable for HGV's traffic sign on this road![/p][/quote]Dear Mr Vale Farm If you are so concerned about the green belt around you and the green belt on your land that's on your land why have you built your bed and breakfast business on it. Seems a little hypocritical to build an extension on green belt and then protest when others do it. I remember this one slipping through a few years back just as others have up vale mills lane. Seems like now you can make money out of it you don't want others too. horses mouth

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