Inspector backs 220 Bradford homes

A planning inspector has approved plans for 220 homes on land in Bradford after he concluded that certain local planning policies did not comply with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Bradford: 220-home scheme approved (pic Tim Green via Flickr)
Bradford: 220-home scheme approved (pic Tim Green via Flickr)

Inspector Clive Hughes allowed the appeal by developer Persimmon Homes against the decision of City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to reject the Cote Farm scheme.

The developer has sought outline permission for up to 220 homes, along with a full application for 60 homes which would form the first phase of the scheme. 

The council had dropped several of its reasons for refusing the development, but maintained that the loss of an area of designated urban green space, to the detriment of visual amenity and local heritage assets, was a valid reason.

But Hughes found that key policies in the council’s Unitary Development Plan 2005 were not fully compliant with the NPPF. 

According to the inspector’s report, these included a policy within the UDP which said that "new development, such as new dwellings, which have a detrimental effect on openness, would not be acceptable."

He also found that the council could not demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

Hughes said that the proposal would have economic, social and environmental benefits in creating jobs, Council Tax revenues, customers for businesses, much-needed houses, public spaces and paths.

"These benefits would outweigh the adverse impacts of the development," he concluded in his decision letter.

"The proposals accord with advice in the NPPF and there would be no unacceptable conflict with the development plan. The appeal is therefore allowed."


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