More homes in city to save green belts in countryside

BRADFORD: Huge part of green belts in the district’s countryside could be saved from being blighted by development, with more houses being built in Bradford city centre, after a major planning re-think at Bradford Council.
The majority of homes would be built in Bradford city centre and its immediate suburbs, rather than rural areas.
And the number of homes to be built in Wharfedale would halve, from 3,100 to 1,600, to protect the wildlife habitats of the South Pennine Moors. But some councillors say the revisions to the plan do not go far enough, pointing out that large swathes of green belt are still set to be released for development.
Councillor from Labour Party Val Slater, executive member for housing, praised the campaign to save the district’s countryside, saying: “We have listened.” But she warned that the loss of some greenbelt land in the years to come would be inevitable.
The Council is preparing its development blueprint, called the Local Plan, which will set out how much land should be earmarked for housing and jobs by 2030.
Originally, it had said the district needed 45,500 new homes over that period, or 2,700 a year, based on a proportion of a region-wide target.
But during a consultation, campaigners got in touch in their droves saying the target was too high, and the Council commissioned consultants GVA to look into the matter.
The properties would be built within sites in the urban area, the report says, as well as a “significant contribution” from changes to greenbelt land.
The areas have been designated as ‘local growth centres’ would also see the creation of jobs.
Meanwhile, Cullingworth, Denholme and Haworth would get a total of 1,200 new homes, using sites from existing settlement boundaries and some green belt changes.
New health care facilities would be built in Denholme, while new recreational facilities would be created in Cullingworth and Haworth.
Meanwhile, there would be 6,000 homes created in South East Bradford, with community facilities including open spaces and recreational areas, as well as new employment opportunities. There would be an “urban extension” at Holme Wood and other small changes to the greenbelt, if needed.
Plans also include improving connections to the motorway network and to Kirklees and Leeds, as well as improvements to the cycling network.
North East Bradford would see the creation of 4,700 new houses with open spaces and recreational facilities. There would be a new high-quality research and development-led technology park at Apperley Bridge, complemented by a new railway station.
Walking and cycling networks would be enhanced and the towpath of the canal between north Bradford and Leeds would be upgraded.
There would be 4,500 new homes at a range of sites across North West Bradford, with some through redevelopment and others through greenbelt changes. Community facilities including schools, green spaces and facilities for young people would be created and improvements would be made to bus services into Bradford city centre. The Outer Ring Road would be improvement to cut delays and new bus lanes would be introduced.
And South West Bradford would get 5,550 new homes, with community facilities and road improvements.