ONE of Bradford's major estates could get a new food store if plans are given the go-ahead.

An application has been submitted by a Mr J Cordingley, of Crag Investments, to demolish Holmewood Social Club on Broadstone Way and build a new Heron Foods store and three more retail units.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application says a small basement in the building was most recently used as a licensed betting shop "but has been vacant for in excess of three years".

It adds the ground floor is under-utilised, the concert room has fallen into "obsolete disrepair", while the first floor provides living accommodation for the club steward.

It says: "The site is located in the Broadstone Central area of the Holmewood Estate.

"The area comprises the central shops with flats above organised around a central car park and hard/soft landscaped areas.

"The parade is of poor design quality and has deteriorated due to a lack of sustained investment in the area. A large area of poor quality green space adjacent to the shops has become degraded by the tethering of horses.

"The social club is of a poor visual quality and the large expanse of parking impacts negatively upon the streetscape."

It adds: "The NDP ( Neighbourhood Development Plan) published in 2012 outlined an ambitious vision for the area which that 'by

2020, Holmewood and Tong will be a beautiful and welcoming neighbourhood, driven by energetic and engaged communities of highly skilled, healthy and motivated residents, who have built a diverse and prosperous culture and economy which encourages and recognises the contribution of everyone, for everyone. HolmeWood and Tong will be a great place to live and work that unlocks the potential in all people and all places and provides an enviable quality of life'."

"Included in the NDP is the ambition to create 'A New Heart for the Neighbourhood'. Shopping and service provision is currently spread across two local centres within the Holmewood estate.

"The area currently lacks a high quality centre or a heart for the neighbourhood. The concept for a New Heart is to concentrate investment on the Broadstone local centre to the north of the neighbourhood.

"The vision is to raise the overall quality and range of shops through the introduction of new larger premises and to promote this location for a small convenience supermarket. The NDP seeks to create a high quality public space extending across Broadstone Way and observes that 'the social club represents a key development opportunity' within this area."

The application says there is an opportunity to create a more "user friendly public realm, public space and better parking".

"The proposals conform to the long term strategy for Holmewood to regenerate the shopping and community services," it adds.

"It will help to provide the conditions that will be needed to attract other private investment to the area."