THREE alternative access points to a former water treatment plant on the edge of Bradford have already been ruled out by developers, it has emerged.

Keyland Developments should learn tomorrow whether it will receive outline planning permission for a business park at the redundant North Bierley waste water treatment works in Oakenshaw.

The matter was deferred at a Kirklees Council strategic planning meeting last month over access issues.

A report to tomorrow’s meeting now outlines that three alternatives, including a new junction off the M606 and a new junction off Chain Bar roundabout, were ruled out.

This was also backed by Highways England, which is responsible for motorway network.

Instead the only “suitable and viable” means of access is considered to be via Mill Carr Road and Bradford Road – which is part of the application.

Revisions were made to the highways works connected to the scheme following an earlier meeting in November.

The proposals include a road-widening scheme to allow a left and right-turning lane at the Mill Carr Hill Road and Bradford Road junction; and a change in road priority at the junction of Cliff Hollins Lane and Mill Carr Hill Road.

In addition, the scheme includes widening of the Bradford Road approach to the Chain Bar roundabout at junction 26 of the M62 to create three lanes.


Cleckheaton councillor John Lawson has raised concerns about an increase in HGV vehicles near Woodlands Primary School, and called for their route to be altered to avoid the school.

Officers are recommending the plans be approved at the meeting which takes place tomorrow at 1pm.