FEARS over increased traffic in a residential area have led to plans for a children's soft play centre being refused.

Traffic officers had voiced concerns over a planning application to convert a former tool workshop business on Ash Terrace in Bingley to a children's play centre.

The unit is next to Myrtle Park Primary School, and on a street of terraced houses with no off street parking spaces. Officers said the proposals did not provide enough parking spaces. A business of this size would normally require eight spaces, but officers pointed out that this plan only provided four, and these would block a public footway.

The plans were submitted by Chantelle Buck-Forrest, and refused by Bradford Council this week.

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Six people had objected to the plans, and Bingley Town Council had also called for the application to be refused.

Planning officers said: "The site is located adjacent to a primary school and the majority of properties in this area comprise terraced dwellings with no off street parking and therefore the demand for on street parking is already high. "There are parking controls in the area, further limiting on street parking availability.

"The site provides insufficient parking and, which will result in the likelihood of indiscriminate parking in the area and, in combination with the adjacent Primary School, would likely lead to the potential for noise and disturbances for the residential properties in the immediate area."