CONCERN has been raised over plans for a development of eight new apartments in Shipley.

Proposals for the two and three-storey development have been lodged by Oak Tree Developments for land at Spring Hurst Road, off Bradford Road.

The application says: "The application site is located in an established residential area at the end of Springhurst Road in Shipley.

"The application site is unallocated on the RUDP (Replacement Unitary Development Plan) and due to its position in an established residential area sustainably located close to existing infrastructure such as shops, other facilities and public transport it is ideally suitable for residential development."

The land is next to the former synagogue site. The place of worship closed its doors back in 2013.

The application adds: "The recent development on the adjoining land (Phase 1) has been completed.

"This development includes two and three bedroom houses and apartments which have all proved to be in demand in this area as all of the properties have been sold mostly off plan."

"The land beyond this application site at the end of Springhurst Road is allocated as recreational open space on the RUDP. This protected recreational space will not be affected by the proposed scheme."

The application says the eight apartments will have two bedrooms.

"The proposed development is aimed at providing private housing for both first-time buyers and also for those wishing to move down in the housing market," it says.

"The proposed access will be directly from the end of the adopted highway Springhurst Road."

Documents say the application has been designed to comply with planning policies.

"The proposed dwellings would contribute, albeit modestly, to the Council's significant shortfall in housing provision and would create economic benefits through the creation of local construction jobs, an increase in Council Tax revenue and New Homes Bonus."

But some objectors have left comments on the Council's planning portal in response.

Janet Vekaria, of nearby Scarborough Road, said: "Pollution and traffic on Bradford Road is already a big problem and the new development will further add to this. The main road is often congested and it is difficult and dangerous pulling out from side roads. Pollution levels are high.

"Local schools, doctors and dentists are full already and increasing the population of the area would put further strain on local services.

"The scale of the proposed building will adversely affect the character of the area. The green space where the flats will be built has provided local people with a safe area where children could play and the community could meet."

Geraldine Graham, who was a resident of Scarborough Road, for 20 years, also raised concerns about local infrastructure, highway safety and the "significant loss of privacy".

She wrote: "This proposed development would place an unsightly block in a quiet and green space."

The 'Old Spring Wood Meadow' Twitter account is also encouraging people to lodge objections to the plans.

A determination deadline has been set for March 20 of this year.

Search reference 19/00053/FUL for further details and to lodge comments.