Baildon town council brands housing plans 'unsound'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: ‘Baildon homes plans are unsound’ ‘Baildon homes plans are unsound’

Bradford Council’s proposals for land use has been branded “unsound” by Baildon Town Council because it contains too many houses without any improvements to roads.

Town Councillor Peter Ashton helped compile the attack on the plan. He said: “To suggest a further 450 houses should be built in Baildon and that there will be future economic development in Lower Baildon, such as the flagship Buck Lane development on Otley Road in addition to those already in the pipeline will make traffic congestion in this area critical.

“Baildon Town Council believes that the Local Plan for Bradford is unsound in that it requires further house building and commercial development within Baildon without the necessary infrastructure and transport improvements being guaranteed.”

And the town council believes it is vital that Bradford Council seeks funding for the Shipley Eastern Link Road “with increased vigour” and that any development east of the River Aire should only take place after that road is built.

Councillor Val Slater, the Council's executive member for housing, planning and transport, countered: “It is vitally important that we have a robust local plan in order to ensure that we get the right development in the right places in order to protect our prized landscape and not be vulnerable to development in unsuitable areas.

“We have gone through an exhaustive process of evidence gathering and consultation in order to come up with the plan agreed by Council on December 10.

“We understand the concerns raised by communities with regards to the impact of growth, in particular the capacity of services and infrastructure.”

She said Baildon Town Council’s will be looked at during a public inquiry later this year.

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9:17am Fri 21 Feb 14

Joedavid says...

Always same things given in objections and applied to all proposals of house building in Bradford.
Stop being negative and build more houses as more and more people going to need them.
Always same things given in objections and applied to all proposals of house building in Bradford. Stop being negative and build more houses as more and more people going to need them. Joedavid

9:21am Fri 21 Feb 14

BaildonGuy says...

“We have gone through an exhaustive process of evidence gathering and consultation” = we have ticked just enough boxes to keep ourselves legal so that we can go ahead and do what we want to do anyway. City Hall never listens. The only people to benefit will be the Developers.
“We have gone through an exhaustive process of evidence gathering and consultation” = we have ticked just enough boxes to keep ourselves legal so that we can go ahead and do what we want to do anyway. City Hall never listens. The only people to benefit will be the Developers. BaildonGuy

9:26am Fri 21 Feb 14

pcmanners says...

Our small minded and vindictive Socialist Council seem determined to trash Baildon as a punishment for being True Blue. Perhaps if Baildon decided to vote Labour there might be some more sensible plans put on the table.
Our small minded and vindictive Socialist Council seem determined to trash Baildon as a punishment for being True Blue. Perhaps if Baildon decided to vote Labour there might be some more sensible plans put on the table. pcmanners

9:41am Fri 21 Feb 14

Grumpygirl says...

pcmanners wrote:
Our small minded and vindictive Socialist Council seem determined to trash Baildon as a punishment for being True Blue. Perhaps if Baildon decided to vote Labour there might be some more sensible plans put on the table.
How true. The Tory Councillors weren't much use when it came to stopping Buck Lane, they sold out at the first opportunity. However I wonder if any of the Baildon blue rosette brigade will remember that come the elections. Unless something radical is done Baildon is finished, along with the rest of Bradford.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: Our small minded and vindictive Socialist Council seem determined to trash Baildon as a punishment for being True Blue. Perhaps if Baildon decided to vote Labour there might be some more sensible plans put on the table.[/p][/quote]How true. The Tory Councillors weren't much use when it came to stopping Buck Lane, they sold out at the first opportunity. However I wonder if any of the Baildon blue rosette brigade will remember that come the elections. Unless something radical is done Baildon is finished, along with the rest of Bradford. Grumpygirl

10:42am Fri 21 Feb 14

Izzy Eckerslike says...

Baildon is hardly a chocolate-box village a la Cotswolds, but it IS a very pleasant place to live. It seems that nobody is implacably opposed to further development (not even BRAiD), but the Council is implacably hell-bent on destroying the built environment of the village, (even though the BPC had delusions of grandeur in changing it to a TOWN Council) by uncontrolled development. As the BPC Chairman, Mr Ashton, has said, "...without the necessary infrastructure and transport improvements being guaranteed..." the Local Plan for Bradford is unsound. It is abundantly clear that the present Bradford Council is full of people who simply have no idea of a professional approach to Town Planning. This is not a plea on behalf of Nimbyism - just look around the entire BMDC area and see what a magnificent job has been done in screwing up everything they have touched in the past twenty years.
Baildon is hardly a chocolate-box village a la Cotswolds, but it IS a very pleasant place to live. It seems that nobody is implacably opposed to further development (not even BRAiD), but the Council is implacably hell-bent on destroying the built environment of the village, (even though the BPC had delusions of grandeur in changing it to a TOWN Council) by uncontrolled development. As the BPC Chairman, Mr Ashton, has said, "...without the necessary infrastructure and transport improvements being guaranteed..." the Local Plan for Bradford is unsound. It is abundantly clear that the present Bradford Council is full of people who simply have no idea of a professional approach to Town Planning. This is not a plea on behalf of Nimbyism - just look around the entire BMDC area and see what a magnificent job has been done in screwing up everything they have touched in the past twenty years. Izzy Eckerslike

1:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

sorrow&anger says...

Why is City Hall so keen on destroying Bradford? Cllr Slater recently admitted that she intends to build 25% of her new houses on greenbelt. She has been remarkably silent about the number she intends to build on green fields that don't have greenbelt designation. If the greedy developers get their way, and they usually do, it will probably be most of them.

Labour recently allowed Vale Mill to build on greenbelt simply because the land looked derelict. But Labour won't build on actual derelict brownfields because they're, erm, derelict, and developers won't be interested, apparently. Cllr. Slater and her party would be a complete joke if only they didn't do so much damage to Bradford.
Why is City Hall so keen on destroying Bradford? Cllr Slater recently admitted that she intends to build 25% of her new houses on greenbelt. She has been remarkably silent about the number she intends to build on green fields that don't have greenbelt designation. If the greedy developers get their way, and they usually do, it will probably be most of them. Labour recently allowed Vale Mill to build on greenbelt simply because the land looked derelict. But Labour won't build on actual derelict brownfields because they're, erm, derelict, and developers won't be interested, apparently. Cllr. Slater and her party would be a complete joke if only they didn't do so much damage to Bradford. sorrow&anger

9:59am Mon 24 Feb 14

David Shaw says...

I completely agree, the 3 Tory Councillors have no power or persuasion to stop any developments in Baildon or indeed represent Baildon effectively. Aside from the transport issues, there is an issue with the local schools being practically full. If another 450 houses are to be built , where will the children go to school?
I completely agree, the 3 Tory Councillors have no power or persuasion to stop any developments in Baildon or indeed represent Baildon effectively. Aside from the transport issues, there is an issue with the local schools being practically full. If another 450 houses are to be built , where will the children go to school? David Shaw

10:09am Mon 24 Feb 14

Joedavid says...

David Shaw wrote:
I completely agree, the 3 Tory Councillors have no power or persuasion to stop any developments in Baildon or indeed represent Baildon effectively. Aside from the transport issues, there is an issue with the local schools being practically full. If another 450 houses are to be built , where will the children go to school?
School places, that applies to any area in Bradford where houses are to be built it seems.
[quote][p][bold]David Shaw[/bold] wrote: I completely agree, the 3 Tory Councillors have no power or persuasion to stop any developments in Baildon or indeed represent Baildon effectively. Aside from the transport issues, there is an issue with the local schools being practically full. If another 450 houses are to be built , where will the children go to school?[/p][/quote]School places, that applies to any area in Bradford where houses are to be built it seems. Joedavid

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