Use of Bradford’s greenfield sites ‘necessary’ for development

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Greenfield sites in Bradford could be developed for housing as a Government Planning Inspector has agreed a core strategy for the next 15 years.

Council planners in Bradford have now been cleared to carry on with the district’s Local Plan, after a series of public hearings.

The Government Planning Inspector has agreed that the council’s Core Strategy can be legally adopted, provided certain modifications are made.

The Inspector has agreed with the council’s analysis that more than 42,100 houses would be needed over the next 15 years and that brownfield land should be prioritised for the delivery of this. But the Inspector has also agreed that the scale of building required means the release of green field and green belt land will be necessary.

“This is a major milestone and it means we can press ahead with the detailed land allocations to give us more say in the future development of the district,” said Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, executive member for regeneration. “We’re pleased the Inspector has backed our approach to prioritise brownfield development but there will be some tough decisions to be made about green belt land.”

The council’s executive committee will consider the report and recommendations on Tuesday, October 11, with the final decision on whether to adopt it to be made at full council on Tuesday, October 18.