Slenningford Bowling Club is worried development of homes could lead to its demise

Some of the members of Slenningford Bowling Club in Crossflatts angry at housing plans

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

Members of a 110-year-old bowling club fear for its future if planning permission is granted today to build new homes opposite their bowling green.

The chairman of Slenningford Bowling Club in Slenningford Road, Crossflatts, claims there will not be enough on-street parking for its 100 members if developers are allowed to bulldoze Lea Bank, a large house opposite the green, to build six homes in its garden.

A report to Shipley area planning panel which will go before councillors at Bingley Town Hall at 10am today said parking in the area would remain “acceptable” should the application be given the go ahead. However, bowling club chairman Dennis Hayes said: “The vast majority of our members are over 60 – there are some over 80 – and we use the club for bowling during the summer and as a social club for old ladies to play cards during the winter.

“It is not a Council-owned green. We have got to pay for all the upkeep ourselves and we have to have a large number of members just to break even.

“If there is no parking, it is possible that we could go under.”

A previous application to build eight homes on the land was refused last year partly because of the impact it would have on the “idyllic” bowling club, which is next to the historic Five Rise Locks, but members have not even been consulted on the latest proposals, Mr Hayes said.

In the report, Bradford Council’s highway safety team said the proposed homes would be accessed from private drives from Slenningford Road and through an unadopted side road.

A dozen off-street parking spaces are also included in the plans as well as two visitor parking bays in lay-bys on the widened side road.

The report states: “The development will generate only small volumes of traffic owing to its scale. In addition, adequate off-street parking is to be provided, reducing the demand for on-street parking close to the site.”

Nobody from Belmont Design Services, the agent for the applicant, was available for comment.

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10:10am Thu 21 Jul 11

Steve30d says...

Thought planning required neighbours to be at least informed of plans so they have a chance to raise any concerns. Yes I know they raised concerns last year, but the way this is written makes it look like they didn't get informed this time. If plans have been chanced so to might concerns
Thought planning required neighbours to be at least informed of plans so they have a chance to raise any concerns. Yes I know they raised concerns last year, but the way this is written makes it look like they didn't get informed this time. If plans have been chanced so to might concerns Steve30d
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10:13am Thu 21 Jul 11

Steve30d says...

If what the low amounts of traffic generated is correct then fine. If not maybe some discussion/action over loss of amenity would get is sorted quickly
If what the low amounts of traffic generated is correct then fine. If not maybe some discussion/action over loss of amenity would get is sorted quickly Steve30d
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7:43am Fri 22 Jul 11

10steve says...

I lived on slenningford rise for years and know the area well.
Why not make the developer pay for the unadopted side road to be resurfaced then they can create thier car parking on that side and leave the bowling club side unaffected,
I can't beleive they are allowing them to bulldoze Lea bank in the first place its a lovley house
I lived on slenningford rise for years and know the area well. Why not make the developer pay for the unadopted side road to be resurfaced then they can create thier car parking on that side and leave the bowling club side unaffected, I can't beleive they are allowing them to bulldoze Lea bank in the first place its a lovley house 10steve
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4:42pm Fri 22 Jul 11

Ian H 1971 says...

Nice to see the founding members of the club in the photo; they are looking great for 110 ;-)

Hahaha but seriously, I hope the houses are not built. There is not a shortage of housing.......there are too many people in too small a country.
Nice to see the founding members of the club in the photo; they are looking great for 110 ;-) Hahaha but seriously, I hope the houses are not built. There is not a shortage of housing.......there are too many people in too small a country. Ian H 1971
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