Objections delay decision on Keighley shopping centre plan

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist’s impression of the proposed Worth Valley Shopping Centre An artist’s impression of the proposed Worth Valley Shopping Centre

A development director of a business proposing a £30 million retail complex in Keighley voiced frustration after councillors deferred the application.

Keighley Area Planning Panel had been due to yesterday discuss plans for the Worth Valley Shopping Centre on a former industrial site lying between East Parade, Coney Lane and Gresley Road.

Stainsby Grange intends to build a mix of 14 large and small shop units, along with a cinema, food outlets and a 360-space car park.

But at the beginning of their meeting, councillors were told the application was subject to late objections, which would need to be considered in more detail. They voted unanimously to defer their debate.

Speaking afterwards, Stainsby Grange development director David Williams emphasised that the application had been in the system since November 21. He said: “We’ve had last-minute representations from the owners of the [Keighley] Airedale Centre on a number of issues.

“It’s anti-competitive. They’ve had four months to make their views known and they’ve kept them up their sleeves till 24 hours before the planning meeting. It’s disgraceful really.”

But a spokesman for Airedale Centre owner Propinvest, said: “Although we welcome this decision, the underlying problems with developing a scheme that can improve and enhance the town centre remain.”

  • The panel recommended plans to develop a wooded area off Parkwood Street, in Keighley, should be approved. Copperwaite Fleet Management wants to buy an area of Park Wood to enable it to expand its heavy goods vehicle maintenance garage.

The recommendation will now be considered by Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee.

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3:24pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

The developer has probably refused to hand over a kickback.

Ask to build on some lovely green belt, they like you to do that.
The developer has probably refused to hand over a kickback. Ask to build on some lovely green belt, they like you to do that. Prisoner Cell Block A

7:37pm Fri 23 Mar 12

10steve says...

Maybe they should put in an application to build a garage for the use of selling dodgy cars and substances for recreational use they would pass that one for sure
Maybe they should put in an application to build a garage for the use of selling dodgy cars and substances for recreational use they would pass that one for sure 10steve

8:11pm Fri 23 Mar 12

piper56 says...

how can copperwaite fleet management buy land that was gifted to the people of keighley? and if so when do i get my share of the money ?
how can copperwaite fleet management buy land that was gifted to the people of keighley? and if so when do i get my share of the money ? piper56

9:56pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Joedavid says...

Are the Council wanting a Bradford Westfield situation in Keighley?
Are the Council wanting a Bradford Westfield situation in Keighley? Joedavid

9:56pm Fri 23 Mar 12

Joedavid says...

Are the Council wanting a Bradford Westfield situation in Keighley?
Are the Council wanting a Bradford Westfield situation in Keighley? Joedavid

9:31am Mon 26 Mar 12

markjoe says...

Joedavid wrote:
Are the Council wanting a Bradford Westfield situation in Keighley?
Can't really compare this with Westfield, as in this case the developers are willing to build the centre and are ready to build.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Are the Council wanting a Bradford Westfield situation in Keighley?[/p][/quote]Can't really compare this with Westfield, as in this case the developers are willing to build the centre and are ready to build. markjoe

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