A DEVELOPER has been given the go ahead to build business units on a key Bradford site.

Oakwell Securities has just been granted planning permission to build four starter units on land near the M606.

The 0.8 acre site, Coop Place, near the Toby Carvery on Rooley Lane, had been earmarked for an 84 bed hotel over a decade ago, but the plans never came to fruition.

The application said: “The demand for small light industrial/storage starter units continues to grow. The development will help satisfy this demand for existing local and new start up businesses which require small, modern, well serviced units with good infrastructure links. The buildings are to be let on flexible ‘easy in/easy out terms to allow new SMEs the opportunity to exit the premises and move to larger premises elsewhere as the company develops.”

The development could create around 12 full time jobs, and planning officers at Bradford Council said: “ The proposed employment use of the site will boost the local economy.”

There had been four objections to the plans by people living near the site, including that the development would de-value their homes. Officers said that was not a planning matter.

They said business units being built on the site would be "generally compatible with a residential area."

A nearby development, Newhall Business Park, recently saw all its units fully occupied within a year of opening.