Bradford is attacked for a lack of co-operation on planning issues

The town council’s planning committee might start automatically recommending all planning applications for refusal if it does not get co-operation from Bradford Council.

The warning was voiced by the committee’s chairman Cllr Brian Hudson, who said he and his colleagues were sick of receiving inadequate plans or no plans at all.

He said the situation had worsened since the district council began supplying all application details electronically.

The town council, which is consulted on such applications and forwards its responses to Keighley Area Planning Panel, downloads the information on to a laptop then displays it on a projector.

Cllr Hudson said: “For more than two or three months now we’ve asked Bradford to get the planning side of things right. They still haven’t.

“We don’t get the proper information we need to judge planning applications. Sometimes we don’t get the plans at all.

“We’ve written letters to chief planning officers but this has made no difference.”

He said on some occasions the committee was provided with nothing more than a single A4 sheet of information for a complex planning proposal.

He said it also has to contend with vague or even non-existent measurements.

He added: “We’ve been banging our heads against a wall since this electronic system came along.

“We are expected to judge these plans and we do have a right of consultation.

“If Bradford Council does not start respecting that we will recommend everything for refusal then refer it all to the Keighley Area Planning Panel.”

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Hudson said: “How can we deliver a service to our community when Bradford is not giving us the tools to do the job?”

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9:29am Fri 10 Dec 10

Kevin Costner says...

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old mans hat, if you haven't got a penny, an apenny will do, if you haven't got that then God bless you.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old mans hat, if you haven't got a penny, an apenny will do, if you haven't got that then God bless you. Kevin Costner
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5:44pm Fri 10 Dec 10

Fireman Fred says...

Councillor Hudson you haven't got a chance.
Let me set up a scenario for you .A garage owner has several men working for him, one is a salesman and another does the MOT certificates. The owner has some cars he wants to sell, so he gets the MOT man to pass the cars even though he knows there are faults with the cars. The owner then sells the cars, but not in his name, he uses the name of his salesman, is it right or is it wrong. Well substitute garage owner with Bradford Council and thats what they are doing with all our assets. Perhaps Mr Hudson they are not informing you of what they are doing for the simple reason they don't want you to know what they are doing
Councillor Hudson you haven't got a chance. Let me set up a scenario for you .A garage owner has several men working for him, one is a salesman and another does the MOT certificates. The owner has some cars he wants to sell, so he gets the MOT man to pass the cars even though he knows there are faults with the cars. The owner then sells the cars, but not in his name, he uses the name of his salesman, is it right or is it wrong. Well substitute garage owner with Bradford Council and thats what they are doing with all our assets. Perhaps Mr Hudson they are not informing you of what they are doing for the simple reason they don't want you to know what they are doing Fireman Fred
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1:49pm Sat 11 Dec 10

Fireman Fred says...

For anyone who wonders what my little story was about. Bradford Council (BCC) owned some land behind my house and they wanted to sell it. So to maximise the price they decided to give themselves planning permission for three houses on this land but they realised that people could be misled into thinking that it was a fiddle if they granted themselves this planning permission. In their wisdom and thinking that the public were too thick to find out about their deceit, they applied for the plans using the name of one of BCC's senior officers (unelected). The plans were then duly passed by another of BCC's senior officers (unelected). All objections by the public, were brushed aside. BCC had plenty of opportunities to admit to this deceit but decided that it was nothing to do with the general public and only admitted to the deceit after I found out it was them and informed the Keighley News.
BCC appear to have this compulsion to build houses on every little bit of England's green and pleasant land and turn it into waste land, Surely if these houses are so desperately needed, it makes sense to build them in the centre of Bradford where there is a big hole, So you see Mr Hudson, as I said, you haven't got a hope in hell of getting the information that you want from BCC.
For anyone who wonders what my little story was about. Bradford Council (BCC) owned some land behind my house and they wanted to sell it. So to maximise the price they decided to give themselves planning permission for three houses on this land but they realised that people could be misled into thinking that it was a fiddle if they granted themselves this planning permission. In their wisdom and thinking that the public were too thick to find out about their deceit, they applied for the plans using the name of one of BCC's senior officers (unelected). The plans were then duly passed by another of BCC's senior officers (unelected). All objections by the public, were brushed aside. BCC had plenty of opportunities to admit to this deceit but decided that it was nothing to do with the general public and only admitted to the deceit after I found out it was them and informed the Keighley News. BCC appear to have this compulsion to build houses on every little bit of England's green and pleasant land and turn it into waste land, Surely if these houses are so desperately needed, it makes sense to build them in the centre of Bradford where there is a big hole, So you see Mr Hudson, as I said, you haven't got a hope in hell of getting the information that you want from BCC. Fireman Fred
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2:09pm Sat 11 Dec 10

Fireman Fred says...

I should also like to say, in their favour, at least they are consistent and totally ignore everyone, not just the general public. They are indeed a law unto themselves.
I should also like to say, in their favour, at least they are consistent and totally ignore everyone, not just the general public. They are indeed a law unto themselves. Fireman Fred
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3:49pm Sat 11 Dec 10

Kingchaser says...

Is it legal to apply for planning permission on land that you don't legally own? Can the senior officer have the plans submitted under his own name even though the land belongs to all of us?
Is it legal to apply for planning permission on land that you don't legally own? Can the senior officer have the plans submitted under his own name even though the land belongs to all of us? Kingchaser
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