Bid to be unveiled for 120 homes on Haworth site

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pervez Abbas, pictured in 2008, stands on the site of the proposed development in Weavers Hill, Haworth Pervez Abbas, pictured in 2008, stands on the site of the proposed development in Weavers Hill, Haworth

A Bradford businessman is set to reveal plans to build 120 homes on greenfield land in Haworth .

Pervez Abbas said that if this first phase for the land west of Weavers Hill is a success, he will apply for a second phase of another 200 houses.

The businessman, who owns Barkers newsagents in Sunbridge Road, Bradford, has yet to submit a planning application but opposition is already growing from residents and local politicians.

He is due to submit a planning application for houses on part of the land he owns within the next four weeks.

Mr Abbas said: “The new development will include affordable homes and a community contribution of £500,000 to be spent locally. We’ve had a reputable architects firm in Huddersfield drawing up the plans, so we’re ready to submit them.”

In 2008 Mr Abbas was behind a plan for a 65-bed hotel and apartments on the same site.

The application met stern opposition from residents and the parish council, and Bradford planning officers recommended refusal.

He withdrew the plans at a planning panel meeting, but pledged to make a fresh bid for permission.

Mr Abbas said the latest proposals would not feature a hotel following an outcry in 2008 from Haworth bed and breakfast owners worried about the impact on their businesses.

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However, he said Haworth has been identified as being in need of 600 new houses to home the growing population of Bradford district.

News of the intended application is already causing concern.

Councillor John Huxley, chairman of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury parish council, said: “We would find this very difficult to swallow. 320 houses up there would have a material effect on the whole village.

“This is protected village space, and we’d need to take the views of residents into consideration. Anything that has a major impact on the appearance of the village would have an effect on our tourist industry.

“We have to wait and see how this fits in with the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and with Bradford’s planning policy.”

Bradford Councillor, Glen Miller, said the field should be left for animals to graze, rather than be covered in houses.

Coun Miller (Con, Worth Valley) said: “My view is as with the previous application – I will oppose it.

“This land is a village green space, and I feel that developing it is totally out of character with what is advised.”

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11:42am Fri 21 Sep 12

Sally Way says...

Mr Abbas

Save your money!

Trust me Your not going to get planning permission on this piece of land.
Mr Abbas Save your money! Trust me Your not going to get planning permission on this piece of land. Sally Way

12:06pm Fri 21 Sep 12

HaworthAdam says...

Mr Abbas, this is ridiculous. Our community will not allow you to develop this land. This is the last beautiful piece of land in the centre of our village. I don't think you could find a resident in Haworth who would agree with your plans. Your insane if you think permission will be given.

Glen Miller, how can farmers be expected to buy land like this? Once planning is spoken about the price per acre goes so high no farmer could afford it.
Mr Abbas, this is ridiculous. Our community will not allow you to develop this land. This is the last beautiful piece of land in the centre of our village. I don't think you could find a resident in Haworth who would agree with your plans. Your insane if you think permission will be given. Glen Miller, how can farmers be expected to buy land like this? Once planning is spoken about the price per acre goes so high no farmer could afford it. HaworthAdam

12:15pm Fri 21 Sep 12

gfy320 says...

Greenfield means Greenfield Mr Abbas,if you want to buy up land and build houses buy brownfield sites like the rest of us builders do,theres plenty available it just costs more to buy !!
Greenfield means Greenfield Mr Abbas,if you want to buy up land and build houses buy brownfield sites like the rest of us builders do,theres plenty available it just costs more to buy !! gfy320

1:05pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Bone_idle18 says...

gfy320 wrote:
Greenfield means Greenfield Mr Abbas,if you want to buy up land and build houses buy brownfield sites like the rest of us builders do,theres plenty available it just costs more to buy !!
Difference is a house in Haworth would be worth double that of one on a Brownfield site in Bradford.

I believe the council can grant permission, as long as a similar non greenfield area is then designated as greenfield.
[quote][p][bold]gfy320[/bold] wrote: Greenfield means Greenfield Mr Abbas,if you want to buy up land and build houses buy brownfield sites like the rest of us builders do,theres plenty available it just costs more to buy !![/p][/quote]Difference is a house in Haworth would be worth double that of one on a Brownfield site in Bradford. I believe the council can grant permission, as long as a similar non greenfield area is then designated as greenfield. Bone_idle18

1:50pm Fri 21 Sep 12

HaworthAdam says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
gfy320 wrote:
Greenfield means Greenfield Mr Abbas,if you want to buy up land and build houses buy brownfield sites like the rest of us builders do,theres plenty available it just costs more to buy !!
Difference is a house in Haworth would be worth double that of one on a Brownfield site in Bradford.

I believe the council can grant permission, as long as a similar non greenfield area is then designated as greenfield.
There are no other non-greenbelt areas like this. Sure, outside of Haworth there are lots of fields, but in the middle of Haworth there isn't many green fields left at all and of the ones remaining this is the one that would negatively affect local residents and tourism most.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gfy320[/bold] wrote: Greenfield means Greenfield Mr Abbas,if you want to buy up land and build houses buy brownfield sites like the rest of us builders do,theres plenty available it just costs more to buy !![/p][/quote]Difference is a house in Haworth would be worth double that of one on a Brownfield site in Bradford. I believe the council can grant permission, as long as a similar non greenfield area is then designated as greenfield.[/p][/quote]There are no other non-greenbelt areas like this. Sure, outside of Haworth there are lots of fields, but in the middle of Haworth there isn't many green fields left at all and of the ones remaining this is the one that would negatively affect local residents and tourism most. HaworthAdam

2:21pm Fri 21 Sep 12

MaCola says...

I hate it when outsiders try to destroy our countryside.
I hate it when outsiders try to destroy our countryside. MaCola

9:24pm Sun 23 Sep 12

chicagobears says...

I came to last years 1940's weekend in Haworth from Chicago. Many hours were spent walking around Howarth and the moors with my wife. I adore the scenery and the history of the Brontes. How can the Britsh Goverment allow this scheme? If this was happening here we would fight.
I came to last years 1940's weekend in Haworth from Chicago. Many hours were spent walking around Howarth and the moors with my wife. I adore the scenery and the history of the Brontes. How can the Britsh Goverment allow this scheme? If this was happening here we would fight. chicagobears

9:22am Thu 27 Sep 12

Simon4567 says...

320 houses on a site of perhaps 12 acres; talk about maximising profit with a complete disregard for the character of the area.

At that density I suspect they will be cheaply constructed and built like rabbit hutches crammed together with tiny rooms and negligible garden space, considering the character of Haworth this will be nothing more than a blot on the landscape.

There are hundreds of acres of brownfield sites in Bradford district which are far more suited to house building.

Weavers hill forms part of the natural landscape surrounding Haworth, if this development goes ahead it will be one more step towards Haworth becoming lost in sub-urban sprawl, there have already been far too many new housing developments in Haworth, it's time to stop the building and protect this gem in Bradfords countryside.
320 houses on a site of perhaps 12 acres; talk about maximising profit with a complete disregard for the character of the area. At that density I suspect they will be cheaply constructed and built like rabbit hutches crammed together with tiny rooms and negligible garden space, considering the character of Haworth this will be nothing more than a blot on the landscape. There are hundreds of acres of brownfield sites in Bradford district which are far more suited to house building. Weavers hill forms part of the natural landscape surrounding Haworth, if this development goes ahead it will be one more step towards Haworth becoming lost in sub-urban sprawl, there have already been far too many new housing developments in Haworth, it's time to stop the building and protect this gem in Bradfords countryside. Simon4567

10:50am Thu 27 Sep 12

colinthecat says...

unlike this man i have lived in haworth for all my life, 60 years. i own a very similar 12 acre greenfield site in haworth. i tried to get planning for 1 small bungalow a few years ago for me and the wife but it was refused because it's greenbelt. if i cannot build one small bungalow that would affect nobody i hope an application for 320 houses on an almost identical site would also be refused.

if this planning on weavers hill is granted i might be tempted to sell up to developers.
unlike this man i have lived in haworth for all my life, 60 years. i own a very similar 12 acre greenfield site in haworth. i tried to get planning for 1 small bungalow a few years ago for me and the wife but it was refused because it's greenbelt. if i cannot build one small bungalow that would affect nobody i hope an application for 320 houses on an almost identical site would also be refused. if this planning on weavers hill is granted i might be tempted to sell up to developers. colinthecat

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