Horse lovers say plan for 600 homes in Fagley would put an end to their riding school

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Campaigners rode into Bradford city centre on horseback to protest at a plan to sacrifice their riding school for housing.

Ten riders from Throstle Nest Riding School mounted up for the demonstration outside City Hall yesterday.

The riding school, which is also home to a Riding for the Disabled group, is on land near Fagley Quarry.

Earlier this month, the Marshall family submitted a planning application for 600 houses and a new “local centre” in a joint project between the family and Bradford Council.

But the riding school, which rents land from the family, says the plans would leave the school homeless.

Jeanette Wheeler, proprietor of the school, yesterday led the group from Fagley to Bradford to hand in 300 objections.

Mrs Wheeler, speaking from 15-hand horse Rio, said: “We are hoping they might change their mind or include a stipulation that they need to find us alternative premises.”

Gwenda Hatfield, 77, who goes to the riding school once a week, said: “I’m devastated. It would just leave a gap in my life.”

Mum Karen Kaur Hera, of Fagley Lane, said her twins Jasmine and Sachin, aged five, both went riding at the school. She said: “It has given them both confidence.”

Throstle Nest Riding for the Disabled group fundraiser Sarah Hamilton said every week they had visits from around 50 disabled adults and children, as well as school groups.

She said the school had only recently opened a new £100,000 arena.

Councillor Geoff Reid (Lib Dem, Eccleshill) accepted the objections on behalf of the Council and urged planners to reject the outline application.

He said: “We need to say there are just too many problems to say yes to it. It should be thrown out and there should be a complete re-think.”

Councillor Ann Wallace (Lib Dem, Eccleshill) said the riding school was Fagley’s “jewel in the crown”.

She said while there had to be some house-building on the brownfield areas of the site, she urged planners to say no to the current plan. She said: “Some houses have to be built but why do they have to go in the last little bit of green that we have got in the whole of the Eccleshill ward?”

The application is a joint project between the Marshalls and Bradford Council, which owns an area of the proposed development. The application said the houses were a response to Bradford’s “chronic housing shortage.”

Earlier this month, a Marshall spokesman said: “The Council has encouraged us to submit a comprehensive redevelopment of the quarry and surrounding land, which historically includes the riding school.”

Yesterday, a spokesman said they had nothing further to say at this point.

The riding school have teamed up with Councillors Reid and Wallace to organise a public meeting. It will be at 6pm on March 3 at St Clare’s Community Centre, Fagley.

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10:14am Wed 26 Feb 14

cityofdreams says...

sorry to the people involved, but its not your land so what's the storey ?
sorry to the people involved, but its not your land so what's the storey ? cityofdreams

10:28am Wed 26 Feb 14

Albion. says...

cityofdreams wrote:
sorry to the people involved, but its not your land so what's the storey ?
The one above ground?
[quote][p][bold]cityofdreams[/bold] wrote: sorry to the people involved, but its not your land so what's the storey ?[/p][/quote]The one above ground? Albion.

11:29am Wed 26 Feb 14

mr-dog says...

Don't build houses - plant trees instead.
Don't build houses - plant trees instead. mr-dog

1:06pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mixter says...

Whats wrong with turning all the closed down shops in the centre into housing? Loads of cities abroad have folk living literally 'down town', so why not Bratfud?
Whats wrong with turning all the closed down shops in the centre into housing? Loads of cities abroad have folk living literally 'down town', so why not Bratfud? Mixter

1:41pm Wed 26 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

Its a shame to keep losing all these green spaces as the Bradford area is slowly being swamped by housing. Once the green spaces are gone they're gone forever. Meanwhile somebody will make a one-off fast buck and the rest of us will have to put up with the loss of this amenity and another blow to worsen local problems with traffic and schools etc.
Its a shame to keep losing all these green spaces as the Bradford area is slowly being swamped by housing. Once the green spaces are gone they're gone forever. Meanwhile somebody will make a one-off fast buck and the rest of us will have to put up with the loss of this amenity and another blow to worsen local problems with traffic and schools etc. basil fawlty

2:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

wrosegirl says...

I don't think it's fair to just say "It's not your land, what's the problem?" I don't know how long Throstle's nest have been renting the land, but I do know they've been there for at least 40 years and so it is VERY relevant to them. Too much of this selling out from underneath tenants and destroying livelihoods is going on. I remember when the Childs family wanted to sell the land out from under Peter Kitching, the egg farmer at Wrose so it could be used for housing. Mr Kitching had lived and worked on that land for over 40 years. Thankfully the planning application was rejected, but not before a long, long fight.

You can't just close someone's business or take someone's home. There are ethics involved. Similar with Crossley's in Shipley recently when they decided they wanted to build a supermarket there. Suddenly, after what, 100 years, it's an eyesore? Because it suits their purpose now, to say so.

We're constantly complaining about lack of jobs. We complain about laziness and the benefits culture. However, we're very quick to come along and say to established businesses that people have grafted for years to make a success; "Sorry, it's not your land, we don't care, you've got to go. Good luck finding somewhere else. If you can." We should be showing these businesses to our kids as an example of how hard work breeds success, without the small print of, "Oh, but in a few years' time, we're going to come along and destroy you so we can build houses or supermarkets. But good luck sonny!" Wrong.
I don't think it's fair to just say "It's not your land, what's the problem?" I don't know how long Throstle's nest have been renting the land, but I do know they've been there for at least 40 years and so it is VERY relevant to them. Too much of this selling out from underneath tenants and destroying livelihoods is going on. I remember when the Childs family wanted to sell the land out from under Peter Kitching, the egg farmer at Wrose so it could be used for housing. Mr Kitching had lived and worked on that land for over 40 years. Thankfully the planning application was rejected, but not before a long, long fight. You can't just close someone's business or take someone's home. There are ethics involved. Similar with Crossley's in Shipley recently when they decided they wanted to build a supermarket there. Suddenly, after what, 100 years, it's an eyesore? Because it suits their purpose now, to say so. We're constantly complaining about lack of jobs. We complain about laziness and the benefits culture. However, we're very quick to come along and say to established businesses that people have grafted for years to make a success; "Sorry, it's not your land, we don't care, you've got to go. Good luck finding somewhere else. If you can." We should be showing these businesses to our kids as an example of how hard work breeds success, without the small print of, "Oh, but in a few years' time, we're going to come along and destroy you so we can build houses or supermarkets. But good luck sonny!" Wrong. wrosegirl

3:21pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Big_Biscuit says...

Why can't we see a plan/map showing where the development is and exactly what the proposal entails. I find it very hard to understand how 600 homes are going to be built there.
In any case there are huge amounts of brown field land in the city and also empty properties which can be used for or converted to housing. There is no justification at all for building on green field sites in the area.
Why can't we see a plan/map showing where the development is and exactly what the proposal entails. I find it very hard to understand how 600 homes are going to be built there. In any case there are huge amounts of brown field land in the city and also empty properties which can be used for or converted to housing. There is no justification at all for building on green field sites in the area. Big_Biscuit

4:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

linebacker2 says...

basil fawlty wrote:
Its a shame to keep losing all these green spaces as the Bradford area is slowly being swamped by housing. Once the green spaces are gone they're gone forever. Meanwhile somebody will make a one-off fast buck and the rest of us will have to put up with the loss of this amenity and another blow to worsen local problems with traffic and schools etc.
Let me guess, you don't live on a Brownfield site in the City Centre - but you expect others to?
[quote][p][bold]basil fawlty[/bold] wrote: Its a shame to keep losing all these green spaces as the Bradford area is slowly being swamped by housing. Once the green spaces are gone they're gone forever. Meanwhile somebody will make a one-off fast buck and the rest of us will have to put up with the loss of this amenity and another blow to worsen local problems with traffic and schools etc.[/p][/quote]Let me guess, you don't live on a Brownfield site in the City Centre - but you expect others to? linebacker2

7:48pm Wed 26 Feb 14

JessWilson says...

600 houses is about £600000 in extra council tax, sounds good to me, more people to share the council tax bill. Plenty to afford a few much needed traffic improvements nearby! Anything that lifts the look of the surrounding estates is a good thing, ravenscliffe next door is a dump that could do with a nice looking neighbour.

Anyhow isnt the whole area scheduled for development by the council already, blame them.

Wonder if anyone has seen the planning application for the riding schools 'new' building...no? weird huh.
600 houses is about £600000 in extra council tax, sounds good to me, more people to share the council tax bill. Plenty to afford a few much needed traffic improvements nearby! Anything that lifts the look of the surrounding estates is a good thing, ravenscliffe next door is a dump that could do with a nice looking neighbour. Anyhow isnt the whole area scheduled for development by the council already, blame them. Wonder if anyone has seen the planning application for the riding schools 'new' building...no? weird huh. JessWilson

9:45pm Wed 26 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

Bradford has become a slum with low lifes pedalling their wares on most streets. I am afraid that housing is needed desperately due to the ridiculous breeding that is going on in the city.
New houses and new shopping centre will not eradicate the problems the city has.
Bradford has become a slum with low lifes pedalling their wares on most streets. I am afraid that housing is needed desperately due to the ridiculous breeding that is going on in the city. New houses and new shopping centre will not eradicate the problems the city has. oddshapedballs

12:14pm Thu 6 Mar 14

eccleshillresident says...

JessWilson wrote:
600 houses is about £600000 in extra council tax, sounds good to me, more people to share the council tax bill. Plenty to afford a few much needed traffic improvements nearby! Anything that lifts the look of the surrounding estates is a good thing, ravenscliffe next door is a dump that could do with a nice looking neighbour.

Anyhow isnt the whole area scheduled for development by the council already, blame them.

Wonder if anyone has seen the planning application for the riding schools 'new' building...no? weird huh.
planning permission was applied for and granted for the riding school building in spring 2011 costing nearly £10,000............
.
so get facts right!!
don't you think the riding school pays rates and tax....
[quote][p][bold]JessWilson[/bold] wrote: 600 houses is about £600000 in extra council tax, sounds good to me, more people to share the council tax bill. Plenty to afford a few much needed traffic improvements nearby! Anything that lifts the look of the surrounding estates is a good thing, ravenscliffe next door is a dump that could do with a nice looking neighbour. Anyhow isnt the whole area scheduled for development by the council already, blame them. Wonder if anyone has seen the planning application for the riding schools 'new' building...no? weird huh.[/p][/quote]planning permission was applied for and granted for the riding school building in spring 2011 costing nearly £10,000............ . so get facts right!! don't you think the riding school pays rates and tax.... eccleshillresident

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