PLANS for a major redevelopment of a gateway site into Bradford have been refused.

A scheme to build a restaurant and four units on the site of the former Gallopers Pub on Wakefield Road were first revealed earlier this year.

But Bradford Council has now refused the ambitious scheme for a number of reasons, including confusion of what type of development the scheme would actually be.

A separate planning application to demolish the pub was approved.

The proposals, by The Redbeck Group, is to build a restaurant and four “industrial units” on the site once the pub is demolished.

But other parts of the application, and a board advertising the development on the site, says it will be a retail park, and not a development of industrial units.

The application was for a 400 square metre restaurant and 480 square metres of business space, as well as 22 parking spaces.

The Redbeck had said the development would “draw customers to the area as well as provide employment.” It was predicted it would create up to 40 jobs.

But planning officer had a number of issues with the proposals for the site, which is on one of the main routes into Bradford city centre from the M606.

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Refusing the plans, they said: “As mentioned above the description of the proposal refers to four industrial units but other parts of the application form and the supporting information refer to retail development.

“The Council’s adopted parking standards would require a total of 94 parking spaces for this development were it to include retail, but only 22 spaces are provided within the site.

“This shortfall of car parking will lead to an overspill of car parking onto nearby residential streets such as Busfield Street and Lister Avenue.

“There is already high demand for on-street parking in this area and the approval of this application would be likely to exacerbate existing parking problems.

“Furthermore the servicing provision is also considered to be entirely inadequate. The four retail/industrial units do not show any servicing provision or loading bays and no turning area is proposed within the site which would therefore require large vehicles to reverse onto the highway to turn which is considered to be unacceptable.”

Officers also criticised the lack of “retail impact assessment” - which would normally be required to determine how a development of this size would impact existing businesses. They added: “The proposal is likely to result in significant impact on the vitality and viability of the nearest designated centres.”

They also claimed the planned restaurant would “result in significant harm to the amenities of nearby residential properties at unsociable hours” and that there was an inadequate level of bin storage.

Despite the redevelopment of the site being blocked, the application to demolish the pub, which was built in the 1970s and has been empty for several years, was approved.

On that application, officers said: “The pub is not registered as an asset of community value, nor is it a listed building or within a conservation area.

“Its demolition is therefore acceptable in principle.”