The Beacon, Buttershaw: Plans to build industrial units on pub site made famous in Rita, Sue and Bob

Plans to build industrial units on the former site of a pub made famous by a Bradford writer have re-emerged.

The Beacon in Buttershaw became famous thanks to the work of Andrea Dunbar, and features in key scenes of her modern classic Rita, Sue and Bob too.

It was also in The Beacon where Dunbar collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage that proved to be fatal in 1990 at the age of just 29.

In 2019, three years after the pub shut, a planning application to demolish The Beacon and build 18 houses in its place was approved by Bradford Council.

The Beacon in Buttershaw became famous thanks to the work of Andrea Dunbar, and features in key scenes of her modern classic Rita, Sue and Bob too.

It was demolished shortly after the plans were approved, but work on the houses has not begun and the site on Reevy Road West remains vacant.

Another application for the site followed – this time for eight industrial workshops.

The plans, by Crag Developments, said the low value of housing in the area meant the homes scheme was not viable.

The industrial plan was refused in April after planning officers raised concerns about the lack of a coal mining risk assessment for the site, and claims the units would not provide an “attractive frontage.”

A new application has now been submitted by Crag Developments, again for eight units on the site.

A decision on this application is expected next month.

Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporting Service