MORE focus on cycle links and better protection for trees are just some of the features of Bradford’s new housing strategy.

Bradford Council’s decision making Executive approved the Homes and Neighbourhoods Design Guide at a meeting last week.

The meeting heard that the new guide calls for increased levels of green space in new developments, and an emphasis on cycle and pedestrian links over motor traffic.

Housing developments would need to include a certain number of fully accessible homes.

New trees would be planted on all new developments, and house builders would be encouraged to build around “landscape features” like protected trees or hedgerows.

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The guide went out to public consultation last year, and groups that have been involved in putting it together include Born in Bradford, the Bradford Property Forum and Bradford Civic Society.

Priorities of the guide include creating a mix of housing types, creating “walkable” neighbourhoods “where homes are close to community amenities, shops, green space and workplace” and inspired by neighbouring architecture.

And one section is on “slopes” – and aims to encourage developers to make the most of Bradford’s varied topography.

At the meeting Councillor Alex Ross Shaw, executive for Regeneration, Planning and Transport said: “We will encourage developers to consider green streets, improve air quality and minimise flood risk.

“They should consider re-using buildings, which has a much lower carbon footprint than demolishing them and building new ones. We have some fantastic heritage buildings in Bradford so we are trying to encourage their re-use.”