Outline permission granted for Shirley Manor site

Peter Walker, of Wyke Local History Group, at the Shirley Manor site in Wyke

Peter Walker, of Wyke Local History Group, at the Shirley Manor site in Wyke Buy this photo

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

A controversial housing development in Bradford which will lead to the loss of woodland has been backed in principle by councillors.

Nearly 400 trees are set to be lost under plans for up to 108 houses at Shirley Manor, a mixed brownfield and greenfield site off Huddersfield Road, in Wyke.

Members of Bradford Area Planning Panel granted the scheme outline planning permission at a meeting yesterday, despite objections from residents, the Woodland Trust and Bradford South MP, Gerry Sutcliffe.

But further consultation will be carried out because “significant” changes were made to the layout of the development.

Beckwith Design Associates (BDA), agents for landowner Bradford Council, drew up new plans which pinpointed eight pockets of land for development, taking into account the quality and number of trees.

Bradford Council’s tree officer has worked at the site with BDA and removed his objection to the revised plans, for between 89 and 108 homes to be built between areas of trees.

More trees will also be planted in areas where rubbish has been dumped.

Bert Barrand, of High Trees, which backs on to the site, said: “The latest proposals address some concerns with regards to ecology issues but the density of dwellings remains a concern.”

He told the planning panel that Mr Sutcliffe had called the proposed number of homes “excessive” and that the area needed a “more modest” development, which would leave the majority of trees intact.

But Councillor David Warburton (Lab, Wyke) told the committee the woodland had fallen into disrepair and decay and had become a “blight” on the area over the past two decades.

He said: “We councillors have been pushing for this site to be re-developed and pushing officers to come up with a scheme that is appropriate bearing in mind the difficult parts of the site.

“There is a major demand for housing across the district and I think the planners have done a brilliant job with this scheme.”

BDA managing director Tony Lupton, said the area had been earmarked for housing by the Council.

Peter Walker, of Wyke Local History Group, welcomed the proposals to plant more trees in areas where rubbish had been dumped and said he was satisfied some of the larger trees would be kept.

But he added: “I’m still not happy so many are being destroyed.”

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6:37pm Thu 31 Mar 11

albion says...

Shame.
Shame. albion
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7:42pm Thu 31 Mar 11

wingcommander says...

Yorkshire Water should put birth control pills into the water in Bradford as Bradford is FULL we don`t need or want any more housing on the bits of green that are left. Hands of the trees !!!
Yorkshire Water should put birth control pills into the water in Bradford as Bradford is FULL we don`t need or want any more housing on the bits of green that are left. Hands of the trees !!! wingcommander
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7:43pm Thu 31 Mar 11

Mummys little Sunbeam says...

Everybody has been banging on about how we must build on brownfield sites, now it's happening they're still whinging.
Everybody has been banging on about how we must build on brownfield sites, now it's happening they're still whinging. Mummys little Sunbeam
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6:31am Fri 1 Apr 11

Emptycup says...

Members of Bradford Area Planning Panel, who are these people, whats the point of having meetings if they have already decided, do they live in Bradford.
Members of Bradford Area Planning Panel, who are these people, whats the point of having meetings if they have already decided, do they live in Bradford. Emptycup
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10:30am Fri 1 Apr 11

Number Nine says...

Mummys little Sunbeam wrote:
Everybody has been banging on about how we must build on brownfield sites, now it's happening they're still whinging.
Surviving pockets of ancient woodland can hardly be called 'brownfield' sites.
[quote][p][bold]Mummys little Sunbeam[/bold] wrote: Everybody has been banging on about how we must build on brownfield sites, now it's happening they're still whinging.[/p][/quote]Surviving pockets of ancient woodland can hardly be called 'brownfield' sites. Number Nine
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10:33am Fri 1 Apr 11

Number Nine says...

I hope the developers will have a fight on their hands. Chain yourselves to the trees. Any plant machinery arriving on site must be sabotaged.
I hope the developers will have a fight on their hands. Chain yourselves to the trees. Any plant machinery arriving on site must be sabotaged. Number Nine
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10:39am Fri 1 Apr 11

markjoe says...

It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees.
It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees. markjoe
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10:51am Fri 1 Apr 11

albion says...

markjoe wrote:
It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees.
It wont compensate the animal and insect life that lives amongst them.
[quote][p][bold]markjoe[/bold] wrote: It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees.[/p][/quote]It wont compensate the animal and insect life that lives amongst them. albion
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11:59am Fri 1 Apr 11

Job Senior says...

What do you expect from a load of townie councillors on the panel, and a "concrete crazy" council since May 2010?
What do you expect from a load of townie councillors on the panel, and a "concrete crazy" council since May 2010? Job Senior
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12:00pm Fri 1 Apr 11

thecitygent says...

albion wrote:
markjoe wrote: It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees.
It wont compensate the animal and insect life that lives amongst them.
But you can never say that councillors are prejudiced about pond life in Bradford. In fact it seems to be encouraged.
[quote][p][bold]albion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]markjoe[/bold] wrote: It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees.[/p][/quote]It wont compensate the animal and insect life that lives amongst them.[/p][/quote]But you can never say that councillors are prejudiced about pond life in Bradford. In fact it seems to be encouraged. thecitygent
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1:39pm Fri 1 Apr 11

markjoe says...

albion wrote:
markjoe wrote:
It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees.
It wont compensate the animal and insect life that lives amongst them.
True that's my point.
[quote][p][bold]albion[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]markjoe[/bold] wrote: It appears that the council are under the impression that if you chop down old tree you can replace them with new trees elsewhere and that this compensate the loss of the old trees.[/p][/quote]It wont compensate the animal and insect life that lives amongst them.[/p][/quote]True that's my point. markjoe
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