Bradford councillors' ‘no’ to revised Allerton homes bid

Overjoyed campaigners are celebrating after councillors scuppered a re-worked plan to cover a greenfield site in 292 homes.

Hallam Land Management hoped to head-off a planning inquiry into its scheme for Pitty Beck, near Allerton Lane, Bradford, by putting forward fresh proposals for the site including road improvements and affordable housing.

The original plan is due to go to an inquiry in November.

But Bradford councillors found there were still three major grounds to refuse the new application: an offer of five instead of 15 per cent affordable housing, a contribution of only £237,833 instead of the desired £1,192,517 towards improving schools, and no offer of Metro assistance to any residents.

Councillor Doreen Lee (Lab, Keighley East) told yesterday’s regulatory and appeals committee: “This is a greenfield site and there is not employment value to Bradford. I’m not happy with it.”

Councillor Imran Khan (Lab, Bowling and Barkerend ) agreed: “I’m not happy with this either. The amounts being offered are not sufficient due to the stresses it will put on the area.”

Chairman David Warburton (Lab, Wyke ) said he was concerned with the gap between the amount requested for education and what Hallam was prepared to provide.

The developers had hoped to convince councillors to vote in favour by submitting a separate proposal to improve a notorious stretch of Allerton Lane by widening it and footpath improvements.

They did vote to approve the better road but not the development.

David Hemsley, chairman of Friends of Pitty Beck, an action group against the plan, said: “I’m delighted because this decision means the original application is now still going on to appeal as before. Then it will be up to the Government inspector to finish things off.”

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8:16am Wed 19 Sep 12

flashdonut says...

Good.
Good. flashdonut

8:17am Wed 19 Sep 12

vax2002 says...

All well and good, but immigration has doubled under the coalition government.
Where are all these people going to live ?
Or has nobody thought of that ?
All well and good, but immigration has doubled under the coalition government. Where are all these people going to live ? Or has nobody thought of that ? vax2002

8:30am Wed 19 Sep 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

vax2002 wrote:
All well and good, but immigration has doubled under the coalition government.
Where are all these people going to live ?
Or has nobody thought of that ?
If there are no jobs how will building more houses increasing the population of Bradford help that.
To quote you, haven't people thought of that?
[quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: All well and good, but immigration has doubled under the coalition government. Where are all these people going to live ? Or has nobody thought of that ?[/p][/quote]If there are no jobs how will building more houses increasing the population of Bradford help that. To quote you, haven't people thought of that? Thee Voice of Reason

9:31am Wed 19 Sep 12

vax2002 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
vax2002 wrote:
All well and good, but immigration has doubled under the coalition government.
Where are all these people going to live ?
Or has nobody thought of that ?
If there are no jobs how will building more houses increasing the population of Bradford help that.
To quote you, haven't people thought of that?
They are plenty of jobs, for those willing to work twice as many hours on half the pay.
Which takes us back round to immigration.
They are very few problems that this country has that can not be boiled down to immigration.
It is not the fault of immigrants, but the politicians who make the policies.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vax2002[/bold] wrote: All well and good, but immigration has doubled under the coalition government. Where are all these people going to live ? Or has nobody thought of that ?[/p][/quote]If there are no jobs how will building more houses increasing the population of Bradford help that. To quote you, haven't people thought of that?[/p][/quote]They are plenty of jobs, for those willing to work twice as many hours on half the pay. Which takes us back round to immigration. They are very few problems that this country has that can not be boiled down to immigration. It is not the fault of immigrants, but the politicians who make the policies. vax2002

12:05pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Mike Strutter says...

"Councillor Imran Khan (Lab, Bowling and Barkerend ) agreed: “I’m not happy with this either. The amounts being offered are not sufficient due to the stresses it will put on the area.”

So in other words if they pay enough then it has a good chance of getting approved !!
"Councillor Imran Khan (Lab, Bowling and Barkerend ) agreed: “I’m not happy with this either. The amounts being offered are not sufficient due to the stresses it will put on the area.” So in other words if they pay enough then it has a good chance of getting approved !! Mike Strutter

12:22pm Wed 19 Sep 12

jozieme says...

as a resident of this part of Allerton for over 40 years and a campaigner I am delighted that Bradford councillors have come to this conclusion(for the time being) It's a lovely part of Allerton ...kids play in the fields ...horses graze ...we all walk around Pitty Beck............Dest
roying this for homes that won't be lived in!!Who can afford houses of the nature that Hallam were proposingi £150,000 to £250,000 2 roads from the estate going into Cote lane.... and Allerton Lane itself having to be widened to accomodate what the highways agency said could be up to 1500 cars an hour I just hope the original proposal yet to be presented takes everyone's fears into account.
as a resident of this part of Allerton for over 40 years and a campaigner I am delighted that Bradford councillors have come to this conclusion(for the time being) It's a lovely part of Allerton ...kids play in the fields ...horses graze ...we all walk around Pitty Beck............Dest roying this for homes that won't be lived in!!Who can afford houses of the nature that Hallam were proposingi £150,000 to £250,000 2 roads from the estate going into Cote lane.... and Allerton Lane itself having to be widened to accomodate what the highways agency said could be up to 1500 cars an hour I just hope the original proposal yet to be presented takes everyone's fears into account. jozieme

12:45pm Wed 19 Sep 12

tinyd1 says...

Surely if they are so anxious to build houses there is plenty of very adequate land available at the old Greenside Mills site. This and the development of the many other brownfield sites around should happen before anything is built on Green belt and open field sites.
Surely if they are so anxious to build houses there is plenty of very adequate land available at the old Greenside Mills site. This and the development of the many other brownfield sites around should happen before anything is built on Green belt and open field sites. tinyd1

2:17pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Apollo says...

So non of the reasons for being turned down had anything to do with the Green Belt and all were concerned with giving the Council more money to waste?

It is not ironic that all the houses at the top of Allerton have signs up saying 'no more homes'?

How on earth do those living there imagine the houses they are living in got built.

Allerton will go the same way as Thornton and Queensbury with almost no Green Belt left as soon as the Council screws enough bunce out of the developer.
So non of the reasons for being turned down had anything to do with the Green Belt and all were concerned with giving the Council more money to waste? It is not ironic that all the houses at the top of Allerton have signs up saying 'no more homes'? How on earth do those living there imagine the houses they are living in got built. Allerton will go the same way as Thornton and Queensbury with almost no Green Belt left as soon as the Council screws enough bunce out of the developer. Apollo

4:05pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Shipleyvegas says...

There are enough brownfield sites - develop those first!
There are enough brownfield sites - develop those first! Shipleyvegas

9:52pm Thu 20 Sep 12

birday says...

Shipleyvegas wrote:
There are enough brownfield sites - develop those first!
The old Seabrook Crisp factory and Woolcomber sites are ideal brown sites for new homes!
.
Leave our farm land alone - we need it to grow food!
[quote][p][bold]Shipleyvegas[/bold] wrote: There are enough brownfield sites - develop those first![/p][/quote]The old Seabrook Crisp factory and Woolcomber sites are ideal brown sites for new homes! . Leave our farm land alone - we need it to grow food! birday

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