Road chaos fears over Keighley new homes plan

PROTEST: Occupation Lane resident Robert Whitworth, (centre), with Councillors George Metcalf, (left,) and Brian Morris at the site where 140 new houses are proposed

CAMPAIGN: Resident Robert Whitworth, (centre), with councillors George Metcalf (left), and Brian Morris

PROTEST: Occupation Lane resident Robert Whitworth, (centre), with Councillors George Metcalf, (left,) and Brian Morris at the site where 140 new houses are proposed

First published in News

PROTESTERS claim a proposed 140-home development on a greenfield site would create nothing short of a traffic nightmare.

They argue roads close to site in Occupation Lane, Oakworth, would be unable to cope with a huge influx of extra vehicles.

Countless objections have been submitted to Bradford Council, whose major development team is dealing with the application.

Councillor Brian Morris (UKIP, Keighley West), whose ward includes the 4.7-hectare site, has been approached by a number of residents concerned about proposals by Persimmon Homes.

“There are grave concerns about the volume of traffic this development would create and I share the concerns,” said Cllr Morris.

“I support the residents unquestionably on this. The development would lead to upwards of 200 extra cars using nearby Camborne Way and Wheathead Lane, which is ridiculous.

“Those roads struggle to cope already with existing traffic volumes.

“People are also worried about all the heavy lorries that will be coming and going during the construction period.”

But Wayne Gradwell, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said the proposed 140 homes are “much needed”.

He added: “As a responsible developer, we will ensure access into the development meets the necessary local and national highway standards.

“The planned housing mix will incorporate a collection of two, three and four-bedroom properties. Following the feedback we received after the recent public consultation event, we submitted a planning application to Bradford Council and are presently awaiting the Council’s formal response.”

But Cllr Morris said a similar plan for housing in the same area of Keighley several years ago was rejected due to traffic issues.

“At the end of the day, people have a right to a peaceful existence and a good quality of life – and this scheme would greatly diminish that,” he said.

One Wheathead Lane resident, Frank Howard, questioned whether the fabric of the road would survive the additional vehicles.

“Already at peak times windows have to be closed due to traffic noise and exhaust emissions, and there is general disturbance, such as rattling and vibration caused by heavy vehicles,” he said.

“With an anticipated rise of 200-300 vehicles using the road, I dread to think what effect this will have.”

Keighley West Labour Councillors Adrian Farley and Jan Smithies held a surgery to discuss the plans and offer their support to the residents' campaign.

“I provided residents with a hand-out explaining how they can object to the application and we talked through some of the issues,” said Coun Smithies.

“We have offered to meet with residents again if they wish, and we will support them as effectively as we can.”

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9:25am Sat 19 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I doubt all cars will decide to leave at the same time and return at the same time.

If it's like protesters round here, the same ones complaining about extra traffic are the ones driving their kids under a mile to school every day, unnessessarily adding to the congestion.
I doubt all cars will decide to leave at the same time and return at the same time. If it's like protesters round here, the same ones complaining about extra traffic are the ones driving their kids under a mile to school every day, unnessessarily adding to the congestion. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

9:31am Sat 19 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

Road looks pretty empty to me.

Me thinks they're clutching at straws here...
Road looks pretty empty to me. Me thinks they're clutching at straws here... linebacker2
  • Score: 5

10:36am Sat 19 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

linebacker2 wrote:
Road looks pretty empty to me.

Me thinks they're clutching at straws here...
Just one car, parked dangerously close thy the junction.
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: Road looks pretty empty to me. Me thinks they're clutching at straws here...[/p][/quote]Just one car, parked dangerously close thy the junction. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 2

10:37am Sat 19 Jul 14

bd7 helper says...

It's time to move on
It's time to move on bd7 helper
  • Score: 4

10:41am Sat 19 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
I doubt all cars will decide to leave at the same time and return at the same time.

If it's like protesters round here, the same ones complaining about extra traffic are the ones driving their kids under a mile to school every day, unnessessarily adding to the congestion.
yes they will, unlike most people on here they will all be working!
road is empty because its a working area not inner bradford!
labour mp makes me laugh, help and support?
its a brown envelope stitch up! kerr-ching!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: I doubt all cars will decide to leave at the same time and return at the same time. If it's like protesters round here, the same ones complaining about extra traffic are the ones driving their kids under a mile to school every day, unnessessarily adding to the congestion.[/p][/quote]yes they will, unlike most people on here they will all be working! road is empty because its a working area not inner bradford! labour mp makes me laugh, help and support? its a brown envelope stitch up! kerr-ching!!! tinytoonster
  • Score: 0

10:45am Sat 19 Jul 14

tinytoonster says...

on the other side of the argument though, the guy in the picture is probably just upset about losing his nice view!
on the other side of the argument though, the guy in the picture is probably just upset about losing his nice view! tinytoonster
  • Score: 4

5:14pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Mixter says...

The road is empty because its a back lane to literally nowhere. The bottom is only really accessible by 4x4's and that bit they are stood on leads to the back of a golf course.

Water already flows down Oakworth road from the bottom of that lane now. God knows what it will be like with four acres of tarmac above it in bad weather.
The road is empty because its a back lane to literally nowhere. The bottom is only really accessible by 4x4's and that bit they are stood on leads to the back of a golf course. Water already flows down Oakworth road from the bottom of that lane now. God knows what it will be like with four acres of tarmac above it in bad weather. Mixter
  • Score: 5

5:40pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Simon4567 says...

News on the grapevine: this is apparently phase one of three, I have heard that the intention is to build out across all the fields in this block of farmland, up to 800 homes in total...

Perhaps someone might like to ask Permission for their response to that....
News on the grapevine: this is apparently phase one of three, I have heard that the intention is to build out across all the fields in this block of farmland, up to 800 homes in total... Perhaps someone might like to ask Permission for their response to that.... Simon4567
  • Score: 8

5:40pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Simon4567 says...

News on the grapevine: this is apparently phase one of three, I have heard that the intention is to build out across all the fields in this block of farmland, up to 800 homes in total...

Perhaps someone might like to ask Persimmon for their response to that....
News on the grapevine: this is apparently phase one of three, I have heard that the intention is to build out across all the fields in this block of farmland, up to 800 homes in total... Perhaps someone might like to ask Persimmon for their response to that.... Simon4567
  • Score: 1

7:39pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Mixter says...

It wouldnt be so bad if they didnt have to provide a certain number of units for Housing Associations and the likes. Every single estate thats been built in the past 20 years has been blighted by some of the pond life that come with these bodies.

Decent folk buy, and find out theres druggies been moved in up the road. They then move out - and have to sell cheaper. No-one in their right mind will buy, except buy-to-let landlords, who then rent to more n'e'r do wells.

We have a whole estate that has fallen almost exclusively to this scenario down the hill now.
Folk who pay out £150/200k for a house, shouldnt have their investements undermined by half-arsed left-wing social engineering of the 90's.

Yes, everybody has to live somewhere, but the sort of folk we are talking about would get by under the average stone. A house is too good for them.
It wouldnt be so bad if they didnt have to provide a certain number of units for Housing Associations and the likes. Every single estate thats been built in the past 20 years has been blighted by some of the pond life that come with these bodies. Decent folk buy, and find out theres druggies been moved in up the road. They then move out - and have to sell cheaper. No-one in their right mind will buy, except buy-to-let landlords, who then rent to more n'e'r do wells. We have a whole estate that has fallen almost exclusively to this scenario down the hill now. Folk who pay out £150/200k for a house, shouldnt have their investements undermined by half-arsed left-wing social engineering of the 90's. Yes, everybody has to live somewhere, but the sort of folk we are talking about would get by under the average stone. A house is too good for them. Mixter
  • Score: 7

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