Sty Lane, Micklethwaite, planning decision venue sparks outrage

Campaigners Mick Meares and Caroline Illingworth outside the Bingley venue which they want to use

Campaigners Mick Meares and Caroline Illingworth outside the Bingley venue which they want to use

First published in Crossflatts Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire Valley Chief Reporter

Campaigners are angry that a major decision on a 400-home development on green fields near Bingley will be made in Bradford rather than the Aire Valley.

Councillors on the Shipley Planning Panel will decide whether Redrow and Bellway will be given permission to build a housing estate in Sty Lane, Micklethwaite, next to the Leeds- Liverpool Canal.

Greenhill Action Group (GAG), which is fighting the proposals, said there had been assurances from the Council that the “hugely important” decision would be made at Bingley Arts Centre.

But in an unusual move, Bradford Council has decided to hold the meeting at City Hall, Bradford, on Tuesday, July 5.

Mick Meares, GAG vice chairman, said: “I think they are making it as awkward as possible for people from Bingley to come to the meeting to prevent them from having their say.”

Bradford Council’s planning department initially told GAG the arts centre had been ruled out as a venue because of “cost implications”, said Mr Meares.

He wrote to the planning department, offering to pay for the hire of the centre in Main Street, but was told that would be “unlawful”, he said.

However, GAG’s lawyers have said there would be no legal barrier to the group paying for the hire of the Bingley venue and it has now been booked as a “contingency”.

Mr Meares has now written to Bradford Council’s chief executive, Tony Reeves, and Councillor Shabir Hussain, chairman of the Shipley Panning Panel, asking for an explanation.

He said: “We were told the arts centre was booked but we made our own enquiries only to find out that it is fully available on July 5."

Councillor Hussain (Lab, Manningham) said: “As far as we are concerned, we have done the best that we can.

“It is not our purpose to upset people and the members of the planning panel will take everything into consideration when making their decision.”

No-one from Bradford Council was available to comment on the claims

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10:09am Fri 24 Jun 11

Mik_e says...

The whole situation appears that the Planning dept at Bradford Council, is working in a underhand way and favouring the developers. The meeting is to be held during working hours, when many objectors will not be able to attend owing to being at work.

I wonder what it could be that is influencing this ???
The whole situation appears that the Planning dept at Bradford Council, is working in a underhand way and favouring the developers. The meeting is to be held during working hours, when many objectors will not be able to attend owing to being at work. I wonder what it could be that is influencing this ??? Mik_e
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12:38pm Fri 24 Jun 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Mik_e wrote:
The whole situation appears that the Planning dept at Bradford Council, is working in a underhand way and favouring the developers. The meeting is to be held during working hours, when many objectors will not be able to attend owing to being at work. I wonder what it could be that is influencing this ???
£££££££££'s
[quote][p][bold]Mik_e[/bold] wrote: The whole situation appears that the Planning dept at Bradford Council, is working in a underhand way and favouring the developers. The meeting is to be held during working hours, when many objectors will not be able to attend owing to being at work. I wonder what it could be that is influencing this ???[/p][/quote]£££££££££'s Thee Voice of Reason
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1:43pm Fri 24 Jun 11

Yorkshire Lass says...

Is this council accountable to nobody?
They appear to do what they like and completely ignore the citizens' views. Lets have a bit less of these underhanded deals after all, you work for the public, paid for by the public. We deserve better.
Is this council accountable to nobody? They appear to do what they like and completely ignore the citizens' views. Lets have a bit less of these underhanded deals after all, you work for the public, paid for by the public. We deserve better. Yorkshire Lass
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2:29pm Fri 24 Jun 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

They know the public's thoughts on this site so it is no suprise they are making it as hard as possible for people to attend.
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No doubt the decision will be granting permission to build these houses even though the infrastruction of the area can't support it.
They know the public's thoughts on this site so it is no suprise they are making it as hard as possible for people to attend. . No doubt the decision will be granting permission to build these houses even though the infrastruction of the area can't support it. Thee Voice of Reason
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3:12pm Fri 24 Jun 11

Idler60 says...

The decision will have already been made. This council does what it wants without any consideration for the citizens of Bradford. Come on T&A we need you to fight on for the people
There is no democracy in Bradford
The decision will have already been made. This council does what it wants without any consideration for the citizens of Bradford. Come on T&A we need you to fight on for the people There is no democracy in Bradford Idler60
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5:22pm Fri 24 Jun 11

Clowny says...

Mik_e wrote:
The whole situation appears that the Planning dept at Bradford Council, is working in a underhand way and favouring the developers. The meeting is to be held during working hours, when many objectors will not be able to attend owing to being at work.

I wonder what it could be that is influencing this ???
All councils decisions where members of the public might have a stake be it planning or licensing etc, are held in office hours which means it is difficult for objectors to have a say on any such decisions. Written objections aren't really given the credence they deserve either, it's the nature of councils unfortunately.
[quote][p][bold]Mik_e[/bold] wrote: The whole situation appears that the Planning dept at Bradford Council, is working in a underhand way and favouring the developers. The meeting is to be held during working hours, when many objectors will not be able to attend owing to being at work. I wonder what it could be that is influencing this ???[/p][/quote]All councils decisions where members of the public might have a stake be it planning or licensing etc, are held in office hours which means it is difficult for objectors to have a say on any such decisions. Written objections aren't really given the credence they deserve either, it's the nature of councils unfortunately. Clowny
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10:38am Sat 25 Jun 11

Thee Voice of Reason says...

When this is granted (not if) will the money recieved from developers go back into this area to improve the infrastructure of this area, seeing as though 400 houses and families are being forced upon them.
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Or will the money just go to the black hole of the city center and people of that area will just have to struggle finding health centers, dentists, schools, etc.
When this is granted (not if) will the money recieved from developers go back into this area to improve the infrastructure of this area, seeing as though 400 houses and families are being forced upon them. . Or will the money just go to the black hole of the city center and people of that area will just have to struggle finding health centers, dentists, schools, etc. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:23am Sat 25 Jun 11

ministry_of_justice says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
When this is granted (not if) will the money recieved from developers go back into this area to improve the infrastructure of this area, seeing as though 400 houses and families are being forced upon them.
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Or will the money just go to the black hole of the city center and people of that area will just have to struggle finding health centers, dentists, schools, etc.
I think a percentage of the money is already in the councillors back pocket.I recently made phone enquiries about a council lease up for tender....never got a reply...the lease already assigned no doubt!....At least the Micklethwaite decision will put this corrupt council under the spotlight.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: When this is granted (not if) will the money recieved from developers go back into this area to improve the infrastructure of this area, seeing as though 400 houses and families are being forced upon them. . Or will the money just go to the black hole of the city center and people of that area will just have to struggle finding health centers, dentists, schools, etc.[/p][/quote]I think a percentage of the money is already in the councillors back pocket.I recently made phone enquiries about a council lease up for tender....never got a reply...the lease already assigned no doubt!....At least the Micklethwaite decision will put this corrupt council under the spotlight. ministry_of_justice
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12:51pm Sat 25 Jun 11

Clowny says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
When this is granted (not if) will the money recieved from developers go back into this area to improve the infrastructure of this area, seeing as though 400 houses and families are being forced upon them.
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Or will the money just go to the black hole of the city center and people of that area will just have to struggle finding health centers, dentists, schools, etc.
TBH, not that much money makes it into the city centre either, it just vanishes to consultants, architects and developers despite the fact all we have to show for a decade of money vanishing will be a half finished public realm development with a mirror pool that no one wanted and wasn't really needed.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: When this is granted (not if) will the money recieved from developers go back into this area to improve the infrastructure of this area, seeing as though 400 houses and families are being forced upon them. . Or will the money just go to the black hole of the city center and people of that area will just have to struggle finding health centers, dentists, schools, etc.[/p][/quote]TBH, not that much money makes it into the city centre either, it just vanishes to consultants, architects and developers despite the fact all we have to show for a decade of money vanishing will be a half finished public realm development with a mirror pool that no one wanted and wasn't really needed. Clowny
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4:19pm Sat 25 Jun 11

BCFC86 says...

"No-one from Bradford Council was available to comment on the claims"
Councillor Greenwood - please make someone available, you are here to serve!
"No-one from Bradford Council was available to comment on the claims" Councillor Greenwood - please make someone available, you are here to serve! BCFC86
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