Keighley's Worth Valley Shopping Centre is facing delay setback

Keighley News: Sam Bailey, of Bingley Demolition, at the site being cleared for the Worth Valley Shopping Centre development Sam Bailey, of Bingley Demolition, at the site being cleared for the Worth Valley Shopping Centre development

Building work on the planned £30 million Worth Valley Shopping Centre in Keighley has been put back six months.

But the delay in starting construction of the eagerly-anticipated East Parade complex is no cause for concern, leading politicians claim.

Leaders of Bradford Council’s Labour and Conservative groups say they understand the setback was unavoidable.

Property developer Stainsby Grange this week told the Keighley News it had taken longer than anticipated to complete purchases of all existing buildings on the five-acre site.

The last companies on the land – bordered by East Parade, Gresley Road, Coney Lane and the River Worth – moved out last November.

Spokesman, David Williams, said: “Demolition is taking longer than we thought because some of it is a bit more intricate. It’s a rolling programme that will take us to the end of March.”

Mr Williams added construction work would “more than likely” begin this autumn, with the 145,000 sq ft shopping centre now scheduled to open in spring 2015. Negotiations are ongoing with major retailers to take up some of the 14 units in the planned complex.

Mr Williams said: “We’re in discussions with various tenants. I can’t release other details – they’re all tied into confidentiality agreements.”

Labour councillor Dave Green, leader of Bradford Council, this week told the Keighley News the delay was caused by technical issues.

He said: “We have no concerns, though potentially the scheme’s a bit later than the developers or the people of Keighley would want.”

Conservative opposition leader Coun Glen Miller said Stainsby Grange had carried out most of the demolition ahead of schedule and is employing local contractors.

He added: “I’ve no cause for concern it will start within the six months. They has every commitment to the site and have invested quite a lot of money already.”

Stainsby Grange has worked on the the project for more than eight years, gradually buying nine separate properties to create space for both the shopping centre and a 350-space car park.

The company says the centre will create 600 jobs and attract big-name retail companies to Keighley. Multiplex giant Cineworld will run the centre’s eight-screen cinema.

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2:03pm Thu 10 Jan 13

The Boys says...

Great. At least that gives the local family run shops a little more time before they go out of business.
Great. At least that gives the local family run shops a little more time before they go out of business. The Boys

8:13pm Thu 10 Jan 13

jimmy k says...

starting to wonder if it's going to be another hole in the ground like the back of church green or the middle of bradford.
starting to wonder if it's going to be another hole in the ground like the back of church green or the middle of bradford. jimmy k

9:23am Fri 11 Jan 13

Little Green Man says...

I'd have put money on it being another hole.
I'd have put money on it being another hole. Little Green Man

10:41am Fri 11 Jan 13

Mixter says...

Its a hole now.

I was really looking forward to a few new Pound Shops as well.
Its a hole now. I was really looking forward to a few new Pound Shops as well. Mixter

10:59am Fri 11 Jan 13

jimmy k says...

the statement saying major retailers raises a few eyebrows, in this environment and every week more companies becoming insolvent who's going to take a punt in keighley?
the statement saying major retailers raises a few eyebrows, in this environment and every week more companies becoming insolvent who's going to take a punt in keighley? jimmy k

11:10am Sat 12 Jan 13

Mixter says...

When half the shops in town are vacant, it beggars belief any company would want to open here.

And, joy of joys, will this mean yet another set of bloody crossing lights for folk wanting to get across East Parade at the top end? Have we not got enough traffic hold ups in this town?
When half the shops in town are vacant, it beggars belief any company would want to open here. And, joy of joys, will this mean yet another set of bloody crossing lights for folk wanting to get across East Parade at the top end? Have we not got enough traffic hold ups in this town? Mixter

3:38pm Sat 12 Jan 13

jimmy k says...

on a different note how come we can't comment on hardly any stories?not even the letters page.
on a different note how come we can't comment on hardly any stories?not even the letters page. jimmy k

3:53pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Mixter says...

Because they are all about drug dealers outside schools getting let off jail.

I watched an airport documentary about the UK Border force this week. They caught a smuggler at Heathrow - he got 15 months jail for a good amount of cannabis. Get caught in somewhere like Oz, and its 7 years. Tells you everything, doesnt it.
Because they are all about drug dealers outside schools getting let off jail. I watched an airport documentary about the UK Border force this week. They caught a smuggler at Heathrow - he got 15 months jail for a good amount of cannabis. Get caught in somewhere like Oz, and its 7 years. Tells you everything, doesnt it. Mixter

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