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Yes to 37 homes on Burley-in-Wharfedale hospital site
A derelict hospital in Burley will be demolished and the site turned into a 37-house estate after a controversial proposal was approved by Bradford Council.
Last Thursday’s meeting of the Regulatory and Appeals Committee gave the green stamp to Bellway Homes to build on the former NHS Centre at Ron Lawton Close.
Despite objections from Burley Parish Council and almost 60 residents, councillors agreed the development was an acceptable use for the site, which has been empty for several years.
Despite being in the green belt, the site is classed as brownfield as it has previously been built on.
Many of the objections sent to the council were about how the new residents would access the site through neighbouring housing estates. There were fears this could cause traffic congestion and safety issues as residents say young children play on these roads.
Residents and some councillors had called for access to be via a road that served the hospital but both the developers and the council’s highways department said the road would not be safe for an estate that size.
Instead they plan to turn that road into a pedestrian and cycle way.
Objector Mark Summerson spoke at the meeting, saying: “You are pushing larger buildings on to here and this will have a bigger impact than the buildings currently there.
“This is a cramped and contrived design. It is overdevelopment of a green-belt area, with no respect for the surroundings.”
But John Dunbavin, agent for Bellway, said the scheme would provide “much-needed family houses.”
The meeting was adjourned for a visit to the site, where councillors decided the hospital road was not suitable.
Coun Keith Dredge said: “This is a brownfield site with an eyesore building that needs removing.”
Coun Jackie Whiteley said: “This hospital access road could be made safe if the developers tried hard enough. Is this only about money?”
But Coun Doreen Lee said: “The road is very narrow. You say it’s only about money but for this number of houses what do you expect them to do? Dig a tunnel or build a flyover?”
The committee voted to approve the application by four to three.
The development will include nine affordable dwellings and Bellway will pay the council £23,000 towards protecting a nearby conservation area and £148,000 towards improving local schools.
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