Plans to convert Victorian Grade-II listed building in Bradford into 190 flats set to be approved

Plans to convert one of Bradford’s most attractive Victorian buildings into housing are likely to be approved next week.

The Old Building at Bradford College
The Old Building at Bradford College

The proposals for the empty Old Building at Bradford College were first revealed early last year, and will go before a planning committee next Thursday (Apr 15).

Citywide Investors proposed to turn the large building into 190 flats, complete with a communal courtyard area, cafe, gym and games room.

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The Grade II listed building was built almost 140 years ago, and until recently was used by Bradford College.

The Great Horton Road building has been empty since the College moved most of its classes to the David Hockney Building next to this site.

Members of Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee will be advised to approve the application at next week’s meeting.

When the plans were first announced, the applicants said described the Old Building as “one of the most historic and iconic buildings in Bradford.”

The flats will be a mix of studio, one bed, two bed and duplex apartments.

Bradford Council normally requires affordable housing to be included in major housing schemes, but the report going to the Committee says: “In this instance, on-site affordable housing at this location is not advocated by the housing team. It is considered that the supply and market for affordable housing within the City Centre has been met and further affordable housing in the form of flats is not sought.”

There will be no parking spaces included in the scheme, which is being promoted as a “car free” development.

Highways officers raised concerns over these plans, which the report says led to “lengthy discussions” with the developer.

Instead, 45 parking spaces will be provided at the NCP Southgate Car Park on Thornton Road. E bikes will also be offered to residents. There has been no objections to the plans.

A police response to the application praised the plans for the security of the site, including a 24 hour concierge, and added: “It’s good to see such a lovely old building being given a new lease of life and it prevents any neglect which often happens with derelict old buildings.”

A report by planning officers says: “The development of the property including Grade II listed buildings and associated buildings for residential development is considered appropriate, providing the opportunity for sustainable development within the City Centre.

“The buildings have been vacant for several years and the proposed development would help to maintain the fabric of the buildings. Therefore, the re-use of the buildings for residential use, providing contemporary accommodation is supported.”