Controversy over Denholme site bid approval

The Taylor site

The Taylor site

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

Developers will be allowed to bulldoze a 130-year-old former railway shed despite heritage experts fearing it is the last remaining building of its type.

Timber merchant CR Taylor has been given permission to build a 73-home development on its headquarters in Station Road, where Denholme’s former railway station once stood. That will mean developers demolishing a run-down former railway goods shed of “historical significance” as one of the last remaining buildings of its kind in the country.

At a meeting of Bradford Council’s Shipley Area Planning Panel yesterday, Alan Whitaker, who has researched railways in West Yorkshire for 40 years, called for it to be sensitively restored as part of the mixed housing and business development.

He was supported by national railway history experts, the West Yorkshire Archaeological Advisory Service, Denholme Town Council and the Great Northern Railway Trail Forum (GNRTF), which has been campaigning to re-open the former Great Northern Railway route between Queensbury and Cullingworth for walkers and cyclists.

Mr Whitaker told the panel: “All these groups and individuals are telling you that there is a significant historic building on this site, which should be protected and embraced in any new development. I find it utterly bizarre that the Council is looking to demolish this building.”

Part of the Great Northern Trail, a footpath and cycle track, will run along the eastern side of the development, next to Die Park Reservoir.

CR Taylor agent Rachel Flounders said: “There is no viable use for the building.”

Planning panel member Councillor Val Binney (Con, Thornton and Allerton) suggested the original railway building could be moved “brick by brick” to a new location on the site and used for an industrial unit.

Councillor Keith Dredge (Lab, Keighley West), said: “I find it a tragedy that it has to be pulled down but the shed has not been seen for years because it is surrounded by other buildings in the timber yard.

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11:15am Fri 22 Jul 11

Rupert 'shameful' Murdoch says...

Another piece of history destroyed by the sickos who couldn't give a hoot about the area.
Another piece of history destroyed by the sickos who couldn't give a hoot about the area. Rupert 'shameful' Murdoch
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11:26am Fri 22 Jul 11

Siouxie says...

Its not what you know but who you know. Money talks doesnt it Mr.Taylor!!!

Incidentally, its 'Doe Park' not 'Die Park'!
Its not what you know but who you know. Money talks doesnt it Mr.Taylor!!! Incidentally, its 'Doe Park' not 'Die Park'! Siouxie
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11:59am Fri 22 Jul 11

Apollo says...

There is no Great Northern Railway Trail between Queensbury and Cullingworth nor will there ever be as it is blocked by one of the landowners.

It was a complete waste of money to ever start this work without the end to end agreement of all the landowners.

The trail goes nowhere.
There is no Great Northern Railway Trail between Queensbury and Cullingworth nor will there ever be as it is blocked by one of the landowners. It was a complete waste of money to ever start this work without the end to end agreement of all the landowners. The trail goes nowhere. Apollo
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12:26pm Fri 22 Jul 11

Joedavid says...

It must be a long time ago the train ran to Denholme now, so doubtful this railway will ever live again.
Why no photo T&A of the building?
If so important this building why not these Heritage people not paying for it to be taken down and rebuilt at a steam heritage railway that is alive?
It must be a long time ago the train ran to Denholme now, so doubtful this railway will ever live again. Why no photo T&A of the building? If so important this building why not these Heritage people not paying for it to be taken down and rebuilt at a steam heritage railway that is alive? Joedavid
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1:07pm Fri 22 Jul 11

bigo93 says...

Siouxie wrote:
Its not what you know but who you know. Money talks doesnt it Mr.Taylor!!!

Incidentally, its 'Doe Park' not 'Die Park'!
"Die Park Reservoir" now that's just the type of name you need to attract tourists :D
[quote][p][bold]Siouxie[/bold] wrote: Its not what you know but who you know. Money talks doesnt it Mr.Taylor!!! Incidentally, its 'Doe Park' not 'Die Park'![/p][/quote]"Die Park Reservoir" now that's just the type of name you need to attract tourists :D bigo93
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5:14pm Fri 22 Jul 11

Shipleyvegas says...

Very disappointing - Standard Bradford approach to history though. Flatten it....

Whilst not the worlds prettiest building surely a better use could be found for it than rubble?
Very disappointing - Standard Bradford approach to history though. Flatten it.... Whilst not the worlds prettiest building surely a better use could be found for it than rubble? Shipleyvegas
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6:22pm Fri 22 Jul 11

ministry_of_justice says...

Shipleyvegas wrote:
Very disappointing - Standard Bradford approach to history though. Flatten it....

Whilst not the worlds prettiest building surely a better use could be found for it than rubble?
We will put it on the end of your street then?
[quote][p][bold]Shipleyvegas[/bold] wrote: Very disappointing - Standard Bradford approach to history though. Flatten it.... Whilst not the worlds prettiest building surely a better use could be found for it than rubble?[/p][/quote]We will put it on the end of your street then? ministry_of_justice
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1:47pm Sat 23 Jul 11

Far Away says...

ministry_of_justice wrote:
Shipleyvegas wrote:
Very disappointing - Standard Bradford approach to history though. Flatten it....

Whilst not the worlds prettiest building surely a better use could be found for it than rubble?
We will put it on the end of your street then?
Put it at the end of my street anytime.
[quote][p][bold]ministry_of_justice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shipleyvegas[/bold] wrote: Very disappointing - Standard Bradford approach to history though. Flatten it.... Whilst not the worlds prettiest building surely a better use could be found for it than rubble?[/p][/quote]We will put it on the end of your street then?[/p][/quote]Put it at the end of my street anytime. Far Away
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3:04pm Sat 23 Jul 11

AHS says...

I'm suprised the council hasn't asked for it to become a take away like the building in Baildon that was once a public toilet. Not to mention how many business's have failed there with grants from the council.
Also I to would like to see some pictures and there a chance to appeal.
I'm suprised the council hasn't asked for it to become a take away like the building in Baildon that was once a public toilet. Not to mention how many business's have failed there with grants from the council. Also I to would like to see some pictures and there a chance to appeal. AHS
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