Cladding which did not meet fire standards was wrongly signed off for a Bradford city centre building, planning documents have claimed.

An application was lodged with Bradford Council to replace cladding on the City Exchange building on Hall Ings.

Documents submitted as part of that application, which has now been approved, said: "The composite cedar cladding which was installed on City Exchange was signed off by our Approved Building Control Inspectors as having an appropriate fire performance classification.

"Once installed, the Fire Officer has informed us that it does not meet the correct fire performance classification and must be removed.

"The Approved Building Control Inspectors which signed off the composite cedar cladding has admitted to the mistake in advising us it was suitable.

"Therefore the cladding is to be removed as a matter of urgency. We will be replacing it with a similar composite cladding product which has a similar colour, texture and format which meets the required performance classification."

A spokesperson for The Lettings Rooms said: "This is part of the process of the planned and agreed remediation work to replace one element of the cladding on the building following our dialogue with Building Control and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, which is currently being undertaken.

"We can confirm that the original cladding has been removed and will be replaced over the next six to eight weeks."

A Bradford Council spokesperson said the approval for the cladding on City Exchange was given by a private inspector rather than a Bradford Council officer. The Telegraph & Argus asked City Exchange for clarification on who gave the approval, but did not receive an answer.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service sent letters calling for urgent action to be taken to remove flammable cladding which remains on some buildings across the region in December last year.

Letters were sent to the owners of City Exchange and Landmark House, Broadway.

A plan of action was requested from those responsible for the buildings and a firm commitment and timeline stating when the flammable cladding would be removed.

The letter from the fire service came after the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, and a recent blaze at a student block of flats in Bolton, raised fresh concerns about the safety of high-rise cladding.

A number of buildings in Bradford have been in the spotlight in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. In February last year, Appleton Point, on Hamm Strasse, was evacuated after the building failed a fire inspection.

It was one of two apartment buildings in the city centre (the other being Landmark House) that had cladding made of Aluminium Composite Materials - similar to the cladding found on Grenfell Tower.

At the time it was evacuated the property was home to 120 residents, a mix of students and people on short term leases.

At Landmark House, cladding on the building failed fire safety tests in 2017, although the Council said there was no need for the building to be evacuated, a number of safety measures were been introduced including 24/7 patrols.

In an update at a meeting in November last year, councillors were told the safety of high rise buildings in Bradford is being scrutinised more than ever in the aftermath of the Grenfell. They heard a regulatory body may be set up to oversee high rise buildings from when they are built to when they are demolished, and local Councils would have a part to play in that.