Backing urged for move to build homes on golf club site

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Councillors will be advised to back a controversial bid to build new homes on green field land at a Yorkshire golf club when they meet this week.

The outline application to build 27 dwellings and access roads on land at Shipley Golf Club, Beckfoot Lane, Bingley, has triggered a raft of objections from scores of people.

But members of Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee, chaired by Coun David Warburton, will be advised to back the bid when they meet on Thursday.

Bradford Council has received 41 letters from people against the scheme along with a petition containing 68 signatures.

Critics have fears about a rise in traffic, congestion and on-street parking; noise and disturbance; access and the impact on the area’s schools.

There are also concerns about the development’s effect on wildlife and claims that it would be “out of keeping with the local area”.

However a report to be considered by the committee says: “The development of this site with residential development in the manner proposed is considered an appropriate development that gives the opportunity to provide a sustainable pattern of development at the edge of the urban area of Bingley. The development shows a layout and scale which identifies a design which provides for development to ensure the site and the character of the adjoining areas are maintained.

“The effect of the proposal on the biodiversity of the site itself, the surrounding locality and the adjacent neighbouring residential properties has been assessed and is considered acceptable.”

The report adds: “Overall, it is considered that the provision of a residential scheme as proposed takes into account the constraints of the site and harnesses the opportunities of the site.”

Permission would be subject to a number of conditions including the payment of an education contribution of £47,140 towards primary facilities.