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Silsden opponents fear homes approval
A greenfield site in Silsden – recently sold by Bradford Council – could become a housing estate despite huge local opposition.
PA Snell and Sons have agreed to buy part of Middleway Meadow, off Daisy Hill, from the authority if it gets planning permission for houses there.
The council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee will decide today whether to give the company the go-ahead to build 26 homes on the field.
Despite objections from Silsden Parish Council and 69 residents, as well as a petition to prevent the development signed by 44 people, planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval.
They say that with the council failing to meet housing targets, it is better for the authority to choose greenfield sites for rural housing, rather than let developers pick and choose what fields are concreted over for housing.
When the details of the sale were announced in July, the council called it “the best deal for the council taxpayer”.
Silsden Parish Council has said local schools “do not have the capacity” to cope with the number of extra children the houses could bring to the town, and argue sewer pipes would also be unable to cope with the increased volume.
One of the objectors, Katy Van Suilichem, lives in neighbouring Craven Court. She said: “The town is being developed slowly, step by step and with stealth.
“But no infrastructure or services are being put in place to support growth of this scale.”
Charlotte Chapman, of Middleway, said: “There are other sites in Silsden that should be used – our fields should remain for our future generations. Leave our green spaces alone.”
The report being presented to the committee urges councillors to approve it, and warns: “If planning consent was not achieved on this greenfield site, this could impact in terms of non delivery of the new homes needed and increase the threat of other sites being given consent via the appeals process.
“The district faces a significant challenge in securing sufficient housing to meet its needs during the coming years. It is essential land is available now that can be prepared and progressed so the needs of the district’s population are met, as confidence among both developers and house purchasers recovers.”
If the committee does approve the scheme, developers will have to pay £45,394 to increase capacity at local schools.
The meeting takes place at 10am in City Hall.
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