AN app based private hire firm will get a foothold in the Bradford District after plans for an office in Saltaire were approved.

Bolt describes itself as the UK's second largest ride hailing company. Although it offers services around the country, until recently it did not yet have a West Yorkshire presence.

In Summer the company, which is entirely online based, submitted an application to open a small office in The Waterfront on Salts Mill Road. The plans have now been approved.

The application said that with the business works by customers hailing vehicles via their phone apps. They would not need to access the new office space - which would only take up a small room in the large office building.

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Planning officers for Bradford Council said: "The applicant states that the business operation is very much administrative. The operating centre will be used for the digital storage of driver, vehicle and booking records.

"It will be manned during normal office hours Monday to Friday. The number of visitors will be less than one per week.

"The business is an ‘app’ only company. Customers book their car using an app. The bookings are accepted automatically by the business' cloud-based technology at the operating centre/office and allocated to the car. All billing and payments are automated."