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Javid approves Bingley housing scheme despite heritage impacts

Published: Thursday, 29th September 2016

Communities Secretary grants outline planning permission on an appeal for a 440 home development on 16-hectares of land at Bingley near Bradford…

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has granted outline planning permission on an appeal for a development of between 420 and 440 homes proposed by developers Bellway Homes and Redrow Homes on 16-hectares of land at Bingley near Bradford alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

For the developers the determination, in line with the recommendation of the inspector who held the public inquiry, was a successful third bid to obtain permission.

The scheme included plans for the removal of an existing vehicular swing bridge over the canal and its replacement with a vehicular and pedestrian swing bridge.

The Secretary of State acknowledged harm to designated and non-designated heritage assets as well as the limited adverse impact the proposal would have on the operation of the highway network, the character and appearance of the area and biodiversity interests.

But in his decision letter the Secretary of State concluded that the substantial social and economic benefits associated with the scheme significantly and demonstrably outweighed that harm.

Javid also gave considerable weight to the fact that, in terms of its economic, social and environmental dimensions and benefits, the proposal represented sustainable development.

He attached substantial weight to the acute need for market and affordable housing in the district and to the persistent and chronic failure of the local planning authority to deliver a five-year housing land supply.

Read the decision letter.

Roger Milne