Go-ahead given for housing on farmland at Heaton

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: OBJECTED: Cllr Nussrat Mohammed OBJECTED: Cllr Nussrat Mohammed

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build on farmland has been given the final all-clear.

A planning committee gave full approval to a plan to build 27 homes on farmland at Heaton, Bradford, despite objections from a number of local groups.

The plan, for Ashwell Farm, Ashwell Road, Heaton, Bradford, already had outline planning consent but yesterday came back before councillors to discuss matters like the appearance, landscaping and layout of the development.

But the Heaton Woods Trust objected strongly to the plan, saying some of the land covered by the application actually belonged to the trust.

John Tempest, who was speaking on behalf of the trust's management committee, urged councillors to consider the land ownership problem."

Legal advisor Tim Driver said the plans had originally included land owned by the trust.

He said: "It does show an area which is definitely owned by the trust. That has now been amended and that land is excluded from what you are considering today."

The committee also heard objections from the Heaton Township Association and St Barnabas' Church.

Ward councillor Nussrat Mohammed (Lab, Heaton) also spoke to the panel.

She said all three ward councillors were opposed to the development.

She said: "They agree in principle that the land is wasteland at the moment, and that it needs to be used in a constructive way for the community.

"But the density of the housing that the developer is proposing is not acceptable. It is going to put pressure on the local schools, local amenities, the use of roads and also in terms of the impact on wildlife."

Cllr Mohammed acknowledged they were short of housing in the area, but called for a compromise to be reached.

Applicant Asghar Choudhury said: "So far as I am concerned, I have worked with the council for five years and I have complied with all their requirements, so I will leave it to the committee to decide."

Committee member, Councillor Shabir Hussain, said: "I have sympathy with the Heaton Woods Trust but it is not sympathy that matters, it is planning laws."

Councillor Jackie Whiteley asked for more planting between the site and a nearby school, while Councillor Doreen Lee said she wanted the trees and shrubs which were to be planted to be good quality so it did not turn into a wilderness.

The committee approved the application.

A DECISION over a plan to build 104 homes in Allerton, Bradford, has been deferred. The plan, for a housing development on fields off Ryedale Way, was put to one side by councillors at the Regulatory and Appeals committee yesterday after members asked for more information about drainage and highways issues at the site.

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8:10am Fri 4 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Green belt - what green belt?

You can clearly build wherever you want in Bradford regardless of any 'need' to protect what few green spaces are left.

Whole areas of the countryside are disappearing under houses on the edges of the suburbs.
Green belt - what green belt? You can clearly build wherever you want in Bradford regardless of any 'need' to protect what few green spaces are left. Whole areas of the countryside are disappearing under houses on the edges of the suburbs. Apollo
  • Score: 27

8:13am Fri 4 Jul 14

collos25 says...

A few brown envelopes and anything goes in Bradford.
A few brown envelopes and anything goes in Bradford. collos25
  • Score: 22

8:22am Fri 4 Jul 14

bluebluerobin says...

So much for the Labour Group's and Cllr Slater's Core Strategy which declared that it wanted to maximise the use of brownfield and previously developed land.

It is now clear that City Hall's strategy is to trade greenfield for Council Tax and Section 106 windfalls at every possible opportunity. This is blinkered short termism gone mad. Bad planning and bad politics have destroyed our city; the Labour Group are now hell bent on destroying what's left of our countryside.
So much for the Labour Group's and Cllr Slater's Core Strategy which declared that it wanted to maximise the use of brownfield and previously developed land. It is now clear that City Hall's strategy is to trade greenfield for Council Tax and Section 106 windfalls at every possible opportunity. This is blinkered short termism gone mad. Bad planning and bad politics have destroyed our city; the Labour Group are now hell bent on destroying what's left of our countryside. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 29

8:35am Fri 4 Jul 14

pcmanners says...

The Heaton proposal has been going on for at least ten years that I know of.

This shows that the Government's new planning laws are working. Applications that had previously been stalled or refused are now being allowed.

If entrepreneurs like Mr. Choudhury are prepared to risk their capital then they should be allowed to build anywhere they like. They are performing a service to the community.
The Heaton proposal has been going on for at least ten years that I know of. This shows that the Government's new planning laws are working. Applications that had previously been stalled or refused are now being allowed. If entrepreneurs like Mr. Choudhury are prepared to risk their capital then they should be allowed to build anywhere they like. They are performing a service to the community. pcmanners
  • Score: -20

8:44am Fri 4 Jul 14

bd7 helper says...

Well this is bradford errrr we don't care you want you can have it
Well this is bradford errrr we don't care you want you can have it bd7 helper
  • Score: 2

8:46am Fri 4 Jul 14

BertSanders says...

300000 houses are required per annum. New entrants are continuing to arive here. Traffic is congested - hospitals are under pressure - schools are under pressure. Youngsters f ind it difficult to buy a house , even at 2008 prices. Rents are high. I wonder why so many want to come here.?
It must be the weather.
300000 houses are required per annum. New entrants are continuing to arive here. Traffic is congested - hospitals are under pressure - schools are under pressure. Youngsters f ind it difficult to buy a house , even at 2008 prices. Rents are high. I wonder why so many want to come here.? It must be the weather. BertSanders
  • Score: 14

8:53am Fri 4 Jul 14

mr.marsden says...

I am of the same opinion as collos25. A lot of us older end remember the corruption of the likes of Poulson and T. Dan Smith in the 1960's. They said at the time it was the thin end of the wedge, and they were reluctant to dig further as it would destroy peoples' faith in the system
I am of the same opinion as collos25. A lot of us older end remember the corruption of the likes of Poulson and T. Dan Smith in the 1960's. They said at the time it was the thin end of the wedge, and they were reluctant to dig further as it would destroy peoples' faith in the system mr.marsden
  • Score: 11

9:10am Fri 4 Jul 14

bachtothefuture says...

BertSanders wrote:
300000 houses are required per annum. New entrants are continuing to arive here. Traffic is congested - hospitals are under pressure - schools are under pressure. Youngsters f ind it difficult to buy a house , even at 2008 prices. Rents are high. I wonder why so many want to come here.?
It must be the weather.
They come because Bradford still has very cheap rented accommodation; mostly because the Council turns a blind eye to overcrowding and public health issues in the Community.

They also come because there is an established infra structure of shops and community associations. We also have more immigration lawyers per head of population than anywhere else in the country.
[quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: 300000 houses are required per annum. New entrants are continuing to arive here. Traffic is congested - hospitals are under pressure - schools are under pressure. Youngsters f ind it difficult to buy a house , even at 2008 prices. Rents are high. I wonder why so many want to come here.? It must be the weather.[/p][/quote]They come because Bradford still has very cheap rented accommodation; mostly because the Council turns a blind eye to overcrowding and public health issues in the Community. They also come because there is an established infra structure of shops and community associations. We also have more immigration lawyers per head of population than anywhere else in the country. bachtothefuture
  • Score: 19

9:20am Fri 4 Jul 14

gouldengirl says...

mr.marsden wrote:
I am of the same opinion as collos25. A lot of us older end remember the corruption of the likes of Poulson and T. Dan Smith in the 1960's. They said at the time it was the thin end of the wedge, and they were reluctant to dig further as it would destroy peoples' faith in the system
With the new planning laws corruption is no longer necessary, developers get what they want anyway. The new laws must have saved developers a fortune in Bradford. I wonder how Councillors are going to make ends meet? Anyway look on the bright side, criminality in Bradford must have gone down with a bump.
[quote][p][bold]mr.marsden[/bold] wrote: I am of the same opinion as collos25. A lot of us older end remember the corruption of the likes of Poulson and T. Dan Smith in the 1960's. They said at the time it was the thin end of the wedge, and they were reluctant to dig further as it would destroy peoples' faith in the system[/p][/quote]With the new planning laws corruption is no longer necessary, developers get what they want anyway. The new laws must have saved developers a fortune in Bradford. I wonder how Councillors are going to make ends meet? Anyway look on the bright side, criminality in Bradford must have gone down with a bump. gouldengirl
  • Score: 4

9:26am Fri 4 Jul 14

izzystillbreathing says...

The Council are a load of hypocrites. They promote Le Tour because it goes through 'beautiful Yorkshire countryside' and then they build over as much of it s possible.
The Council are a load of hypocrites. They promote Le Tour because it goes through 'beautiful Yorkshire countryside' and then they build over as much of it s possible. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 7

9:47am Fri 4 Jul 14

FinlandStation says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
The Council are a load of hypocrites. They promote Le Tour because it goes through 'beautiful Yorkshire countryside' and then they build over as much of it s possible.
Promote? This is Cllr Hinchcliffe and the vegetables at Visit Bradford we're talking about here.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: The Council are a load of hypocrites. They promote Le Tour because it goes through 'beautiful Yorkshire countryside' and then they build over as much of it s possible.[/p][/quote]Promote? This is Cllr Hinchcliffe and the vegetables at Visit Bradford we're talking about here. FinlandStation
  • Score: 5

9:54am Fri 4 Jul 14

collos25 says...

pcmanners wrote:
The Heaton proposal has been going on for at least ten years that I know of.

This shows that the Government's new planning laws are working. Applications that had previously been stalled or refused are now being allowed.

If entrepreneurs like Mr. Choudhury are prepared to risk their capital then they should be allowed to build anywhere they like. They are performing a service to the community.
Idiot
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: The Heaton proposal has been going on for at least ten years that I know of. This shows that the Government's new planning laws are working. Applications that had previously been stalled or refused are now being allowed. If entrepreneurs like Mr. Choudhury are prepared to risk their capital then they should be allowed to build anywhere they like. They are performing a service to the community.[/p][/quote]Idiot collos25
  • Score: 2

10:08am Fri 4 Jul 14

BEETEEE says...

And when the C of E sells the Bishopric, he'll be able to build on that as well.
And when the C of E sells the Bishopric, he'll be able to build on that as well. BEETEEE
  • Score: 3

10:16am Fri 4 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

bachtothefuture wrote:
BertSanders wrote:
300000 houses are required per annum. New entrants are continuing to arive here. Traffic is congested - hospitals are under pressure - schools are under pressure. Youngsters f ind it difficult to buy a house , even at 2008 prices. Rents are high. I wonder why so many want to come here.?
It must be the weather.
They come because Bradford still has very cheap rented accommodation; mostly because the Council turns a blind eye to overcrowding and public health issues in the Community.

They also come because there is an established infra structure of shops and community associations. We also have more immigration lawyers per head of population than anywhere else in the country.
Immigrants come because its home from home
[quote][p][bold]bachtothefuture[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: 300000 houses are required per annum. New entrants are continuing to arive here. Traffic is congested - hospitals are under pressure - schools are under pressure. Youngsters f ind it difficult to buy a house , even at 2008 prices. Rents are high. I wonder why so many want to come here.? It must be the weather.[/p][/quote]They come because Bradford still has very cheap rented accommodation; mostly because the Council turns a blind eye to overcrowding and public health issues in the Community. They also come because there is an established infra structure of shops and community associations. We also have more immigration lawyers per head of population than anywhere else in the country.[/p][/quote]Immigrants come because its home from home Bikerbeardy
  • Score: 10

11:04am Fri 4 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Apollo wrote:
Green belt - what green belt?

You can clearly build wherever you want in Bradford regardless of any 'need' to protect what few green spaces are left.

Whole areas of the countryside are disappearing under houses on the edges of the suburbs.
Where is there any mention of "Green Belt" in the report? There is a difference between Green Belt and Greenfield.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: Green belt - what green belt? You can clearly build wherever you want in Bradford regardless of any 'need' to protect what few green spaces are left. Whole areas of the countryside are disappearing under houses on the edges of the suburbs.[/p][/quote]Where is there any mention of "Green Belt" in the report? There is a difference between Green Belt and Greenfield. Albion.
  • Score: 9

11:37am Fri 4 Jul 14

WILLIAM TONI says...

gouldengirl wrote:
mr.marsden wrote:
I am of the same opinion as collos25. A lot of us older end remember the corruption of the likes of Poulson and T. Dan Smith in the 1960's. They said at the time it was the thin end of the wedge, and they were reluctant to dig further as it would destroy peoples' faith in the system
With the new planning laws corruption is no longer necessary, developers get what they want anyway. The new laws must have saved developers a fortune in Bradford. I wonder how Councillors are going to make ends meet? Anyway look on the bright side, criminality in Bradford must have gone down with a bump.
Thank goodness the laws have changed regarding the village green scams which the anti development nimbys use to try to stop development, that tactic is criminal and not what the developers or councillors do!!
[quote][p][bold]gouldengirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.marsden[/bold] wrote: I am of the same opinion as collos25. A lot of us older end remember the corruption of the likes of Poulson and T. Dan Smith in the 1960's. They said at the time it was the thin end of the wedge, and they were reluctant to dig further as it would destroy peoples' faith in the system[/p][/quote]With the new planning laws corruption is no longer necessary, developers get what they want anyway. The new laws must have saved developers a fortune in Bradford. I wonder how Councillors are going to make ends meet? Anyway look on the bright side, criminality in Bradford must have gone down with a bump.[/p][/quote]Thank goodness the laws have changed regarding the village green scams which the anti development nimbys use to try to stop development, that tactic is criminal and not what the developers or councillors do!! WILLIAM TONI
  • Score: 1

2:23pm Fri 4 Jul 14

basil fawlty says...

Clearly the priority should be given to re-developing brownfield sites, but the need for new housing apears to be so great that new greenfield sites will be needed to meet the demand. For me what is important is to retain a sufficient amount of green space in and around cities like Bradford to be the lungs and provide some greenery for aesthetic reasons and leisure purposes or we'll end up with a concrete jungle. What Bradford Council and its planners ought to be doing is keeping an overview of the city and making sure we retain green spaces in a properly planned manner all around the district.
Clearly the priority should be given to re-developing brownfield sites, but the need for new housing apears to be so great that new greenfield sites will be needed to meet the demand. For me what is important is to retain a sufficient amount of green space in and around cities like Bradford to be the lungs and provide some greenery for aesthetic reasons and leisure purposes or we'll end up with a concrete jungle. What Bradford Council and its planners ought to be doing is keeping an overview of the city and making sure we retain green spaces in a properly planned manner all around the district. basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

4:21pm Fri 4 Jul 14

juxidee says...

There are two four bedroom houses empty on Ashwell Road for at least 5 years, and another that has not had an occupant for over 12 years...getting them habitable would help towards the housing shortage.
There are two four bedroom houses empty on Ashwell Road for at least 5 years, and another that has not had an occupant for over 12 years...getting them habitable would help towards the housing shortage. juxidee
  • Score: 7

7:41pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Colin Allcars says...

Does anyone know who was offered the chance to move onto the new estate on Bolton Road close to Cliffe Road. Surely the chance was given to all 'communities' in Bradford
Does anyone know who was offered the chance to move onto the new estate on Bolton Road close to Cliffe Road. Surely the chance was given to all 'communities' in Bradford Colin Allcars
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Sun 6 Jul 14

bobbyo says...

Colin Allcars wrote:
Does anyone know who was offered the chance to move onto the new estate on Bolton Road close to Cliffe Road. Surely the chance was given to all 'communities' in Bradford
Foreign nationals only !!
[quote][p][bold]Colin Allcars[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know who was offered the chance to move onto the new estate on Bolton Road close to Cliffe Road. Surely the chance was given to all 'communities' in Bradford[/p][/quote]Foreign nationals only !! bobbyo
  • Score: 0
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