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Bradford planners to reconsider homes plan for Burley health centre
A 37-house plan for the former Moor Lane psychiatric unit in Burley-in-Wharfedale is due to go before Bradford Council planners again today.
Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee is to study the scheme by Bellway Homes and Bradford District Care Trust at its meeting taking place at City Hall this morning.
Council planning officers have recommended that the Committee refers the plan to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – and approve should the Secretary of State decided not to call it in for determination.
The decision on the plan, which has attracted opposition from many Burley people living near the site, was recently deferred by the committee, pending a site visit.
Members of the committee wanted to see the site itself before making any further decision.
The Council’s Assistant Director of Planning, Transportation and Highways is expected to present a report to the meeting explaining the application represents a departure from the adopted Revised Unitary Development Plan – but planners consider there are ‘very special circumstances’ to justify the development in the location.
They are recommending it for approval.
The applicants want to demolish the disused mental health centre at the site, on Ron Lawton Close, off Moor Lane, and build a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes.
There have been many objections to the scheme sent to Bradford Council, covering a wide range of issues, from the impact on the local area infrastructure to road safety concerns, and the impact on the privacy of nearby housing.
Council planners have drawn up a series of conditions to apply to planning permission, if the Secretary of State does not call in the application for determination.
They have suggested the provision of nine units for affordable housing to sell at a discount of 50 per cent on the open market value.
Other suggested conditions include a committed sum of £23,287 for avoidance an mitigation measures in respect of the Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation in the locality, the improvement of pedestrian and cycle route, and a £148,000 commuted sum towards education provision.
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