STREETS inspired by the Bronte Sisters and their works will be included in a new housing estate after Councillors gave the plans their backing.

A development of 160 houses on Thornton Road, a short distance from the house in Thornton that the literary siblings were born in, was approved by Bradford Council last year.

Earlier this year proposals to name all the 14 streets on the new estate after the sisters, their family members and their books, was revealed.

The decision was part of a push by Bradford Council to better recognise “pioneering women” from the Bradford district.

Current legislation requires the decision to name a street after a person to undergo much more scrutiny than usual road naming, and the proposals went before the Council's Bradford West Area Committee on Thursday. Members unanimously approved the names, after being told there had been no objections.

The approval means the streets in the new estate will be as follows: 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.