PROPOSALS to store shipping containers in a listed cul-de-sac have been refused.

A planning application to store four shipping containers for a two years period on a plot of land at Vine Street, next to Cannon Mills, was submitted to Bradford Council earlier this year by N Hussain.

The application gave no reason for the proposal other than "The containers would be used for storage of goods."

Vine Street is a row of Grade II listed terraced homes built in the 19th century as homes for workers at Cannon Mills, also a Grade II listed building.

Refusing the application, planning officers said: "These large box type metal containers are seen commonly on ships or the back of lorries and will appear out of place on a residential street."

They said that although the site appeared to have suffered from fly tipping in recent years, there were no benefits of using the plot to store shipping containers that would outweigh the negatives.

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Officers added: "The buildings surrounding the site have individual design merit but are notably important for their collective value, portraying Bradford's mill history in this location.

"The introduction of four shipping containers on this area of open land will appear incongruous and will upset the setting of these buildings for this temporary period.

"Although there is likely to be some public benefit with reduced fly-tipping in the area, the level of harm posed to the setting of heritage assets is not outweighed by this small benefit."

They also criticised the lack of information included in the application.