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Steeton lights plan is withdrawn by company
2:00pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 in News
Controversial plans to install traffic lights on the busy main road through Steeton have been withdrawn.
Housing developer Redrow Homes had proposed signals for the junction of Skipton Road and Thornhill Road.
The scheme tied in with plans – already approved by Bradford Council – to build 220 homes on fields off Thornhill Road.
Dozens of local residents voiced concerns about the traffic lights during a consultation meeting in the village last December.
They feared they would worsen existing congestion problems along Skipton Road for vehicles travelling towards Steeton Top, and encourage ‘rat-running’ in nearby streets.
Ward councillor Adrian Naylor believed Redrow had withdrawn the traffic light plans because Bradford Council planning officers indicated they would not support them.
He said: “I think the points raised at the public meeting were communicated back to the officers and they have listened. It shows democracy has worked. It’s something people can see – they turned out and raised valid planning concerns.”
Redrow Homes has to pay for improvements at the Skipton Road/Thornhill Road junction as a condition of its planning permission for the housing development.
A spokesman for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire) said: “We will not be submitting any further proposals and will proceed with the approved road-widening scheme.”