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Planning service consultation affecting the Shipley Constituency

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Feb 15 2020

Core Strategy, Planning

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Consultation on proposals to Amalgamate Area Planning Panels

Bradford Council is consulting on proposals to amalgamate the Keighley/Shipley and Bradford Area Panels into a single Planning Panel.

How does this affect Burley and Menston – Sun Lane and Derry Hill planning applications?

The decision to amalgamate the area planning panels take decision making away from our constituency. That would mean that decision making for Derry Hill in Menston would not have been held locally.

This occured at Sun Lane where residents were expected to commute to City Hall, Bradford.

Let’s not forget that the planning inquiry was also due to take place at City Hall, and that it was pressure from Burley residents which ensured the inquiry was held at The Queens Hall in Burley.

Why is this so important?

Quite simply it would mean that residents will have to commute to City Hall to hear and discuss planning decisions. For a majority of residents this is impractical.

Bradford’s report to amalgamate planning committees.

A report was presented to The Regulatory & Appeals Committee on 6 February 2020 which set out proposals to merge the two Area Planning Panels into one single
Planning Panel due to the gradual decrease in number of planning applications being dealt with at the existing Keighley and Shipley Area Planning Panel and the Bradford Area
Planning Panel. The Regulatory and Appeals Committee would continue to consider
strategically significant and major applications.

The Committee resolved to carry out a consultation with Council Members, Town & Parish Councils and Civic Societies within the Bradford District. This consultation starts on  Thursday 13 February 2020 and last for 4 weeks, ending on Thursday 12 March 2020.

All comments should be emailed to: planning.applications@bradford.gov.uk by 12 March 2020.