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Planning permission may be sought for 150-home development at Eastburn
8:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Outline planning permission could be sought for a 150-home development in a farm field at Eastburn.
Agent Matthew Binns, of David Hill Chartered Surveyors, spoke about the proposed development at an extraordinary meeting of Steeton-with-Eastburn Parish Council.
The site is in Main Road, bordering Eastburn House Farm and Airedale Hospital.
Mr Binns said the proposal for about 150 detached and semi-detached homes would include an access road, a traffic light junction in Main Road and a drop-off point for children at Eastburn Junior and Infant School. It would also incorporate an emergency access for the hospital.
The 6.2-hectare site has been earmarked for housing in Bradford Council’s Unitary Development Plan.
“We know there’s got to be housing there, but we don’t want housing that’s going to be a dormitory for Leeds,” said parish council chairman, Councillor David Mullen.
Coun Roger Lambert raised concerns about the distance of the proposed development from the railway station.
He said: “The distance from the site to the train station is probably too far to walk. It’s about two kilometres, which will mean more cars parking at the station.”
“If this development goes through, I can see the already busy roads getting worse,” added Coun Mullen. “There will be nowhere for the traffic to go. At busy times, it can take cars 15 to 20 minutes to get through Steeton lights.”
Coun Andrew Mallinson expressed his concerns about having two major traffic light-controlled junctions so close to Airedale Hospital.
“There will be a signal junction at Thornhill Road and one for the proposed access road to the site, both of which would be pinch points, making it almost impossible for vehicles to get through,” he said.
“I would fight very strongly against having two major pinch points so close to a major hospital.”
Coun Mullen added: “At the end of the day, the new Local Development Framework says we’ve got to take 900 new houses. But there’s no infrastructure. It’s just not there.”
He also pointed out drains and sewer pipes that run down the Aire Valley are already over capacity.
Mr Binns said the developers would “take on board” all comments from the meeting, as well as any additional points raised at a public consultation, which was due to take place at Steeton Hub yesterday.
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