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Bid for 37 homes on site of Burley mental health unit delayed
9:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Local news
A decision on plans to build 37 new houses on the site of a Burley-in-Wharfedale mental health unit has been delayed so councillors can visit the area.
Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee deferred the decision for the Moor Lane Centre at its meeting last Thursday.
Council officers had recommended the application be referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and should be approved if he does not call it in for determination.
There were dozens of objections from residents, and Burley-in-Wharfedale Parish Council also recommended that planning permission should be refused.
Wharfedale ward councillor and Burley-in-Wharfedale resident Jackie Whiteley, who sits on the committee, said one member felt a decision could not be made without first seeing the site, so the committee ruled it should be delayed.
“It’s probably going to be October before we do the visit,” said Coun Whiteley.
The date has yet to be announced for the plans to go back before the committee, but an extra meeting is expected to be scheduled this year.
Applicants Bellway Homes and Bradford District Care Trust jointly applied for permission for the development of the former mental health rehabilitation unit, which closed several years ago.
They want to demolish the disused building and develop a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes on the site.
If it goes ahead, council officers have also recommended a series of conditions on the approval, including the provision of nine affordable homes, the improvement of a pedestrian and cycle route, a commuted sum of £148,041 for improvement of the existing educational infrastructure and a £23,287 commuted sum to the local planning authority towards avoidance and mitigation measures in respect of a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation in the near locality.
The plans were referred to the Regulatory and Appeals Committee, rather than the Keighley and Shipley Area Planning Panel, as the development represents a departure from the Replacement Unitary Development Plan. The site is within the green belt.
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