PLANS for housing on the site of a landmark Bingley building have been revealed.

The former Bingley Technical College building, also known as the Priesthorpe Annexe, is in the process of being demolished to make way for a housing development.

And now Intu Developments have submitted a planning application to build six houses on the site.

The 19th-century building on Mornington Road had stood empty since 2002, and had become derelict and dangerous in recent years.

It was held by Bradford Council, which acted as a Trustee of the former Bingley Science Arts and Technical School. A condition of the ownership was that the building can only be used for “educational objectives which benefit both children and adults of Bingley”.

Bradford Council had looked to sell the building, but argued that its poor structural state - much of its roof was missing - had prevented anyone from finding a new use for the building. Last summer the Council agreed to sell the site, aware that the building would likely need to be demolished, with any proceeds to be used for the benefit of the people of Bingley.

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Intu purchased the property, and the plans will see six four-bedroom townhouses built on the site, along with 12 parking spaces. The former gymnasium block to the rear of the building is being retained, and a separate application to convert it into two homes was recently submitted to the Council.

The application says: “The plan makes efficient use of a brownfield site in a sustainable location to deliver eight high-quality and much-needed family homes. It makes a positive contribution to the local character and distinctiveness of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Conservation Area and provides some compensation for the regrettable and unavoidable loss of the Technical School.”

A Council spokesperson said: “The proceeds of the sale of the Priesthorpe Annexe building have yet to be allocated, however Bradford Council will engage with ward members to examine how the funds can be put to best use for the residents of Bingley.

“The allocation of the trust funds will then be determined by Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee.

“The Council will act as corporate trustees, holding the funds over the next three months while a decision is reached.”

The building’s foundation stone is to be preserved following a request from Bingley Town Council.

A decision on the application is expected next month.