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Bradford Council Considers Plan For 167 New Homes
Councillors are set to deliberate proposals to build 167 new homes on a brownfield site in Bradford.
Later this week (Thursday December 5th), Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee will consider an application for a housing development on the former Grattan site at Lidget Green, The Telegraph & Argus reported.
The plans have been in the pipeline for several years, but now members of the committee will be advised to give its go ahead, as the land, which is located at the junction of Ingleby Road and Northside Road, has been empty since 2012.
The former Grattan’s Otto House headquarters site is opposite a Yorkshire Ambulance Service station, close to Dixons Kings Academy and adjacent to another vacant land, which used to be a Rentokill site.
Gleeson Redevelopment submitted the plans to the local authority earlier in 2019, stating its focus is on “building low cost homes for people on low incomes in areas of industrial decline and social and economic deprivation”.
Despite this, no affordable homes have been included in the plans, with the company saying: “The application has stated that the development cannot incorporate the provision any affordable housing as this would make the development unviable.”
Typically, Bradford Council requires a quarter of new build houses to be affordable for the proposals to be approved.
However, Gleeson Redevelopment submitted a Financial Viability Appraisal to the local authority concluding that provision of affordable housing would mean the development would not be able to go ahead.
In support of the application, it stated: “The proposed residential development would make a significant contribution to the council’s housing supply and, importantly, the council’s required five-year housing land supply targets.”
While the local authority considers the application carefully, weighing up the benefits of a new development despite the lack of affordable housing available, it also has to contend with objections to the plans.
Many employees at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service station have expressed their opposition, citing problems regarding an increase traffic and parking difficulties in the area.
“Even more traffic … would potentially compromise our response of emergency vehicles to life threatening emergencies,” said service delivery manager Steve Smalley.
However, council highway officers have yet to voice their concerns regarding the proposals.
It is not just Bradford that is seeing more housing developments cropping up, as The Guardian recently reported the number of new homes created in England has hit the highest level since records began in 1991.
Using data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, it revealed 241,130 new properties were built in 2018-19, which is higher than the previous record of 223,530 in 2007-08.
It is also nearly double the number of housing completions that were noted in 2012-13 at 124,720.
According to the Home Builders’ Federation, the government needs more political support if it is to achieve its target of 300,000 new houses a year by the mid-2020s.
The group’s chairman Stewart Baseley told the publication better policies need to be introduced to “ensure buyers can buy and that enough land comes forward in the right places quickly and efficiently”.
If this includes Yorkshire, there could be a rise in demand for scaffolders in Sheffield within the next few years.