PLANS have been revealed for the re-development a car park area on the edge of the city centre to create a cafe, shops, car sales lot and a car wash.

The plot of land off Snowdon Street, just off Manningham Lane, has been described as being “overgrown” and is now subject to a new planning application submitted to Bradford Council.

If approved, part of the will be used for car sales, with six portable units installed on another part of the site.

Located behind the Connaught Rooms, the site has a long planning history. Most recently it was earmarked as the site of a ten-storey high rise apartment scheme and function venue.

In comparison the new development planned for the site is much more modest.

10-storey development of 230 flats and wedding venue planned for Trafalgar Street, Bradford

Submitted to the Council by Chaudhry Majad, the latest application for the land is for the siting and cladding of containers for a number of uses, alongside a proposed car sale lot and hand car wash.

The total site that makes up the application is 4,842 square metres.

The development will be made up of 190 square metres of shop space, a 47 square metre office unit and a 47 square metres cafe/take away unit with outdoor seating.

There would be 47 parking spaces on the site.

It is the latest in a long line of planning applications for the land.

In 2004, planning permission was granted for the demolition of existing warehouse buildings and outline plans for an apartment block.

Two separate plans for residential schemes were lodged in 2005 and 2006, but both were later withdrawn.

In 2008 permission for a scheme involving 362 apartments as well as shops, cafes, offices and leisure units was approved.

These would have been split over three buildings, including a 14-storey tower - but that scheme failed to materialise.

In 2016 plans for a wedding banqueting and functions centre aimed at the Muslim community, with 230 flats above, including 131 bedsits, were approved.

However, these plans also never materialised.

The Council’s Design and Conservation officer Hannah Meekings has given their view on the latest application for the site.

She said: “There are several listed buildings in the vicinity of the site as well as Eldon Place Conservation Area, located to the west.

“Having viewed the submitted plans, I am satisfied that the proposed use is unlikely to impact on the setting of the nearby designated heritage assets in a harmful way.

“The site was previously used as a car park but has fallen into disuse and is overgrown. In its current state it contributes poorly to the setting of these assets.

“The proposal to utilise it as a car park/ yard for sale of cars with timber clad storage units at the east end that will be in use for retail and the sale of hot food, is considered appropriate, given the commercial nature of the surrounding land uses and will not harm the setting of the heritage assets, which has evolved and changed significantly over the years.”

A decision on the application is expected in early September.