PLANS to build a new ten-storey high rise apartment scheme and function venue at a key gateway to the city could be given the green light tomorrow.

The project, by Jersey-based developer Betra, would see two tower blocks built on an disused land off Trafalgar Street, Bradford, near the junction of Manningham Lane and Hamm Strasse.

The buildings would contain a wedding banqueting and functions centre aimed at the Muslim community, with 230 flats above, including 131 bedsits.

There would also be a 200-space multi-storey car park and a public outside seating area.

The outline plans are recommended for approval at the Regulatory and Appeals Committee, which meets at City Hall at 10am tomorrow.

Planning officers have said the scheme would develop a brownfield site and would be less tall than a previous plan approved for the site, which had been put forward by a different developer.

But the plans have attracted two objections from nearby businesses.

Mujahid Khan of the Royal Taj Banqueting Hall has written to planners saying the proposed venue would be only 50 yards away from their own and would “ruin our business” as well as reducing car parking in the area.

And Russ Piper, of Sovereign Health Care at Royal Standard House in Manningham Lane, wrote to planners saying while they would like to see the land used in an appropriate fashion, they had “real concerns” over the proposed scheme.

He said the tower blocks would “dwarf Royal Standard House completely obscuring our view”.

He added: “The cul-de-sac, Snowden Street, is already a haven for antisocial behaviour including drug dealing, drug taking, fly tipping and general littering, an ‘out of sight’ social area for drinkers and used as a public convenience by said drinkers.

“If a multi-storey building is erected on the proposed site this would enclose the street on either side create almost shaded corridor for these activities to continue virtually out of view of the general public.”

Leeds-based architects Loroc has sent council planners a description of the scheme.

This says the scheme would “provide a new quality gateway building to the city of Bradford”.

It adds: “The importance and quality of the development will be expressed through the quality of contemporary materials to reflect the forward-looking nature of the development and the city to promote investment both from within the UK and abroad.”

The vacant plot of land previously had planning permission for 362 apartments as well as shops, cafes, offices and leisure units, although that scheme failed to materialise.

Sailbridge Developments was granted permission in 2008 for the project, which would have been split over three buildings, including a 14-storey tower.