FANCY living in a house at Wuthering Heights? Or how about Jane Eyre Lane?

Fans of the Brontes could soon snap up an address inspired by the famous literary family, as Bradford Council has revealed plans to name every street on a new housing estate after the sisters, their family and their works.

Even the wayward son of the Bronte family, Branwell, will be recognised in the development.

Last year, a planning application to build 160 homes on a plot of land off Thornton Road was approved by Bradford Council. The site is between Keelham and Thornton - the village the Bronte sisters were born in before moving to Haworth.

And at a meeting next week, Councillors will be asked to approve the names of the new estate - all of which will be named after either a members of the Bronte family or one of the sister’s novels.

The Council’s Bradford West Area Committee will hear that the decision is part of a push to better recognise “pioneering women” from the Bradford district.

Blue plaque unveiled at Bronte Birthplace in Thornton

Current legislation requires the decision to name a street after a person to undergo much more scrutiny than usual road naming.

The site of the new housing development, land at 869 Thornton Road, was once earmarked as a possible employment development. Permission was granted but no significant work on the site ever took place.

A plan to build 250 homes on the site followed, and was approved by Bradford Council in 2019.

Last year, Gleeson Homes submitted an altered plan for the housing estate - this time with 90 fewer homes than originally approved. That application was granted last June, with one condition being that future residents would not be permitted to turn their garages into living space.

Plans for 160 homes on site near Thornton are approved

The estate will have 14 new streets, each one linked to the Brontes - who lived at a house on Market Street in Thornton, a little under a mile from the site.

A report to the committee, which meets next Thursday in City Hall, says: “We wish to honour the Bronte Sisters as part of an initiative to name streets within the district after Pioneering Women from the area.”

The proposed road names are Charlotte Bronte Way, Villette Row, Shirley Mews, Jane Eyre Lane, The Professor Close, Bronte Way, Anne Bronte Avenue, Agnes Grey Lane, Elizabeth Bronte Mews, Branwell Bronte Close, Emily Bronte Road, Maria Bronte Drive, Patrick Bronte Court and Wuthering Heights.