The Council are suggesting to the developers that Oakwood Drive is suitable for Vehicular access!!!
The following is an extract from the Council's letter to the Developers dated 1st July 2010, a full version of which can be downloaded from this website. "Council engineers consider that, despite level differences, a suitable vehicular and pedestrian access via Oakwood Drive to the site could be achieved for those times when the swing bridge may be out of operation.
With regard to Oakwood Drive it is felt that a link here is important as it will enable the new residents direct access to a network of footpaths and bridleways which lead to the open landscapes and moor lands above Bingley. Also it is important that adjacent residential areas are well connected rather than existing side by side as separate enclaves.
Your client initially considered the possibility of a vehicular access to the site from Oakwood Drive but discounted it due to problematic level issues (see Evolution Statement, paragraph 10.2). Despite the above statement, Council engineers consider that Oakwood Drive could be used for vehicular traffic. Irrespective of the fact that there appears to be disagreement as to whether Oakwood Dive could be used as a vehicular access, one aspect that has not been considered in the application is the potential for a pedestrian only access. . Although there is a change in levels at this location it is felt that a link can still be provided and this option should be explored further.
In summary it is felt that the failure to provide these two links means that the proposal is not properly integrated with its surroundings and connected to existing routes. As such it is considered contrary to the following local and national policy and guidance"