£275m Bradford Broadway plan is approved

An artist’s impression of the planned Westfield development

An artist’s impression of the planned Westfield development

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Planning permission has been granted for the long-awaited Broadway shopping centre development in Bradford, amid calls for Westfield to confirm when it will begin work on the key site.

Detailed plans for the first phase of the £275 million revised plans were approved unanimously by Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee yesterday.

Members also agreed to outline plans for offices and apartments, the details of which must be finalised within seven years.

After the meeting, Westfield said the decision would add a “further layer of confidence” for retailers interested in signing up for shops in the scheme.

The complex is for 75 shops, cafes and restaurants with car parking and is expected to create 2,500 retail jobs with another 1,500 jobs during its construction. It also includes 1,345 car parking spaces over three levels.

Councillors at the meeting praised the scheme and asked for a commitment for the jobs to go to local people.

Councillor Sajawal Hussain (Lab, City) said: “The sooner this development takes place the better.”

Councillor Shabir Hussain (Lab, Manningham) said: “I look forward to this project going ahead. I can assure Westfield it’s something they won’t regret. It will prosper.”

Councillor Valerie Binney (Con, Thornton and Allerton) added: “We have been waiting patiently all this time. It can’t come too soon. I thank Westfield for not deserting us.”

Committee chairman Councillor David Warburton (Lab, Wyke) ended by saying: “It’s a great opportunity for Bradford. We have waited a long time and we look forward to this being built. This will bring a vibrant Bradford back to life.”

The committee heard how no financial contributions were being sought in relation to the residential side of the scheme due to the project’s economic viability.

They were also told that the Council was working hard to mitigate any effect to retailers at the top of the city centre when the Westfield Bradford development opens. It is hoped that despite some retailers expected to move from Darley Street into the new centre, the total footfall will increase in the city centre as people, who do not currently shop in Bradford, return.

The Council’s executive member with responsibility for regeneration, Councillor David Green said: “I am delighted that this hurdle has been cleared and we will continue to work closely with Westfield in an effort to get them on site as soon as possible to bring this important regeneration project to fulfilment as quickly as possible.”

A Westfield spokesman said: “We are very pleased with the decision by Bradford Council to grant detailed planning consent for our Broadway retail development.

“This positive step underlines the commitment and vision of the Council for regeneration in the City.”

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8:31am Thu 20 Oct 11

windymiller says...

Westfield are currently building in Aldershot. Todate I have only ever seen 7 men on site at any one time. This has been going on for quite a while so Bradford don't hold your breathe for a speedy build!!
Westfield are currently building in Aldershot. Todate I have only ever seen 7 men on site at any one time. This has been going on for quite a while so Bradford don't hold your breathe for a speedy build!! windymiller
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8:34am Thu 20 Oct 11

Avro says...

Did anyone expect it not to be?

"continue to work closely with Westfield in an effort to get them on site as soon as possible" - it was only a few weeks ago that Greenwood anounced on Look North that Westfield would be back on site February 2012!

And stop your play on words to suggest its 75 shops plus restaurants & cafe's, when its actually 70 shops, with the balance of 5 split between restaurants, bars and cafes!
Did anyone expect it not to be? "continue to work closely with Westfield in an effort to get them on site as soon as possible" - it was only a few weeks ago that Greenwood anounced on Look North that Westfield would be back on site February 2012! And stop your play on words to suggest its 75 shops plus restaurants & cafe's, when its actually 70 shops, with the balance of 5 split between restaurants, bars and cafes! Avro
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9:05am Thu 20 Oct 11

Rambo says...

Don't believe a thing until its finished and open for business.
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Any bets on it being delayed or overspent on?
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And I do wonder exactly how many existing stores will simply up and move from space they do currently occupy or open another branch on the site. Before when announcements were made about new tenants many seemed to be the likes of Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone, which isn't exactly inspiring.....
Don't believe a thing until its finished and open for business. . Any bets on it being delayed or overspent on? . And I do wonder exactly how many existing stores will simply up and move from space they do currently occupy or open another branch on the site. Before when announcements were made about new tenants many seemed to be the likes of Carphone Warehouse and Vodafone, which isn't exactly inspiring..... Rambo
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9:07am Thu 20 Oct 11

Mekon says...

Fast forward 5 yrs......

"Westfield says its committed..."
Fast forward 5 yrs...... "Westfield says its committed..." Mekon
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9:23am Thu 20 Oct 11

Joedavid says...

and on and on it goes................
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and on and on it goes................ .................... Joedavid
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9:34am Thu 20 Oct 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Councillor Sajawal Hussain (Lab, City) said: “The sooner this development takes place the better.”
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No sh1t, Sherlock.
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At least the artists impression has the footfall in Bradford correct.
Councillor Sajawal Hussain (Lab, City) said: “The sooner this development takes place the better.” . No sh1t, Sherlock. . At least the artists impression has the footfall in Bradford correct. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:10am Thu 20 Oct 11

Bone_idle18 says...

Is it only me who sees this as a positive step forward.

As said, shops wont commit to a project with no planning permission, no it's in place we should see them get on board.

would like to see Debenhams, M&S and BHS signed up.
Is it only me who sees this as a positive step forward. As said, shops wont commit to a project with no planning permission, no it's in place we should see them get on board. would like to see Debenhams, M&S and BHS signed up. Bone_idle18
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10:22am Thu 20 Oct 11

Avro says...

Doh!....M&S are already signed up as an anchor!
Doh!....M&S are already signed up as an anchor! Avro
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10:33am Thu 20 Oct 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Is it only me who sees this as a positive step forward. As said, shops wont commit to a project with no planning permission, no it's in place we should see them get on board. would like to see Debenhams, M&S and BHS signed up.
Your proabably along with the councillors, The T&A and Reno who buys into this if I'm honest.
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Plans for the Westfield shopping center were first approved in 2003, we are now in 2011 and we have just approved new plans. It's taken 8 years to reaprove plans and knock half the city center down so you'll have to excuse us for thinking seeing is believing.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Is it only me who sees this as a positive step forward. As said, shops wont commit to a project with no planning permission, no it's in place we should see them get on board. would like to see Debenhams, M&S and BHS signed up.[/p][/quote]Your proabably along with the councillors, The T&A and Reno who buys into this if I'm honest. . Plans for the Westfield shopping center were first approved in 2003, we are now in 2011 and we have just approved new plans. It's taken 8 years to reaprove plans and knock half the city center down so you'll have to excuse us for thinking seeing is believing. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:38am Thu 20 Oct 11

MontyLeMar says...

The progress of this one site must not be allowed to hinder the fabulous progress Bradford has already made over the last year. Forget Westfield, they'll build it in their own good time. Personally I'm looking forward to the opening of the mirror pool and the Christmas lights. Oh, and the re-opening of the central library.
The progress of this one site must not be allowed to hinder the fabulous progress Bradford has already made over the last year. Forget Westfield, they'll build it in their own good time. Personally I'm looking forward to the opening of the mirror pool and the Christmas lights. Oh, and the re-opening of the central library. MontyLeMar
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11:04am Thu 20 Oct 11

Albion. says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Councillor Sajawal Hussain (Lab, City) said: “The sooner this development takes place the better.”
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No sh1t, Sherlock.
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At least the artists impression has the footfall in Bradford correct.
It looks very stark in comparison to earlier plans.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Councillor Sajawal Hussain (Lab, City) said: “The sooner this development takes place the better.” . No sh1t, Sherlock. . At least the artists impression has the footfall in Bradford correct.[/p][/quote]It looks very stark in comparison to earlier plans. Albion.
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11:08am Thu 20 Oct 11

Joedavid says...

MontyLeMar wrote:
The progress of this one site must not be allowed to hinder the fabulous progress Bradford has already made over the last year. Forget Westfield, they'll build it in their own good time. Personally I'm looking forward to the opening of the mirror pool and the Christmas lights. Oh, and the re-opening of the central library.
You forgot the Odeon and half a knocked down police station.
[quote][p][bold]MontyLeMar[/bold] wrote: The progress of this one site must not be allowed to hinder the fabulous progress Bradford has already made over the last year. Forget Westfield, they'll build it in their own good time. Personally I'm looking forward to the opening of the mirror pool and the Christmas lights. Oh, and the re-opening of the central library.[/p][/quote]You forgot the Odeon and half a knocked down police station. Joedavid
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11:58am Thu 20 Oct 11

Rambo says...

"fabulous progress"
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Apart from the park which is late and overbudget, what solid progress has there actually been? And give me something else other than a few new chain hotels.
"fabulous progress" . Apart from the park which is late and overbudget, what solid progress has there actually been? And give me something else other than a few new chain hotels. Rambo
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12:36pm Thu 20 Oct 11

wingerman11 says...

What sort of pathetic comment is that from the Councillor "We thank Westfield for not deserting us"?
We are no further on than 7 years ago, in fact probably gone backwards, and yet shes brown nosing Westfield!
What sort of pathetic comment is that from the Councillor "We thank Westfield for not deserting us"? We are no further on than 7 years ago, in fact probably gone backwards, and yet shes brown nosing Westfield! wingerman11
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12:51pm Thu 20 Oct 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

wingerman11 wrote:
What sort of pathetic comment is that from the Councillor "We thank Westfield for not deserting us"? We are no further on than 7 years ago, in fact probably gone backwards, and yet shes brown nosing Westfield!
All the councillors quotes are laughable in this story.
[quote][p][bold]wingerman11[/bold] wrote: What sort of pathetic comment is that from the Councillor "We thank Westfield for not deserting us"? We are no further on than 7 years ago, in fact probably gone backwards, and yet shes brown nosing Westfield![/p][/quote]All the councillors quotes are laughable in this story. Thee Voice of Reason
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12:58pm Thu 20 Oct 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Talking of shopping centers, is that illegal Bazaar still in operation in Lidget Green?
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Just wondering as the council confirmed they were well aware of it so it if is still open they are clearly turning a blind eye to it and in the process sticking two fingers up at the law abiding public.
Talking of shopping centers, is that illegal Bazaar still in operation in Lidget Green? . Just wondering as the council confirmed they were well aware of it so it if is still open they are clearly turning a blind eye to it and in the process sticking two fingers up at the law abiding public. Thee Voice of Reason
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12:51pm Fri 21 Oct 11

Bone_idle18 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Is it only me who sees this as a positive step forward. As said, shops wont commit to a project with no planning permission, no it's in place we should see them get on board. would like to see Debenhams, M&S and BHS signed up.
Your proabably along with the councillors, The T&A and Reno who buys into this if I'm honest.
.
Plans for the Westfield shopping center were first approved in 2003, we are now in 2011 and we have just approved new plans. It's taken 8 years to reaprove plans and knock half the city center down so you'll have to excuse us for thinking seeing is believing.
Well, there's only a handful of people who actually constantly moan about it.

Surely I'm in a silent majority?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Is it only me who sees this as a positive step forward. As said, shops wont commit to a project with no planning permission, no it's in place we should see them get on board. would like to see Debenhams, M&S and BHS signed up.[/p][/quote]Your proabably along with the councillors, The T&A and Reno who buys into this if I'm honest. . Plans for the Westfield shopping center were first approved in 2003, we are now in 2011 and we have just approved new plans. It's taken 8 years to reaprove plans and knock half the city center down so you'll have to excuse us for thinking seeing is believing.[/p][/quote]Well, there's only a handful of people who actually constantly moan about it. Surely I'm in a silent majority? Bone_idle18
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10:27am Sat 22 Oct 11

NCC.1701A says...

Just leave the big hole there, it say's everything about Bradford in a nutshell - "WHAT A DUMP"
Just leave the big hole there, it say's everything about Bradford in a nutshell - "WHAT A DUMP" NCC.1701A
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