Plans for homes on industrial site at Cullingworth

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Detailed plans for 233 new homes on an industrial estate at Cullingworth have been submitted to Bradford planners.

Barratt David Wilson Homes Yorkshire West has put in a full application to develop the 10.2 hectare Manywells industrial site which will include housing and also 15,000 sq ft of new commercial units.

The mixed development on the brownfield site south of Cullingworth would have 36 two-bedroom, 30 three-bedroom and 117 four-bedroom homes.

The builders are jointly named on the application with developer GMV Thirteen Ltd.

Bradford Council has already expressed its wish for that number of houses to be built in the area and ward councillor Simon Cooke said he thought it likely the scheme would be approved.

“I have had a look at the new plan and we are not seeing anything significantly different to what was presented to local people when a public consultation was held back in the autumn,” Coun Cooke said.

“Realistically, one has to think it is going to get approval.

“It’s on a brownfield site and to be honest I would rather it was there than another greenfield site.”

Concerns were raised in October by Cullingworth Village Council about the effects of increasing local housing stock by 25 per cent with so many houses in just one one place.

However chairman Jacqui Guy said the village council had not yet had time to scrutinise the plans and could only comment fully after having studied and discussed them.

“It’s a challenging site where there has been mining and quarrying and a lot of water springs. It’s going to be a very long process.”

Bingley Rural district councillor Mr Cooke said: “What is most important is we get as much money as possible for projects such as the new village hall.

“A development like this represents a real opportunity for us to get that level of funding,” he said.

A spokesman for the developer said: “The existing buildings are in very poor condition. This planning application proposes flexible modern units which will encourage job creation in the local area.”

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