A meeting of the Crossflatts and Micklethwaite Neighbourhood Forum was held on Tuesday 1st December 2009 in St Aidan's Church Hall, Crossflatts. The meeting was extremely well attended, with standing room only, evidenced by the huge interest in the agenda item on the Sty Lane Development.
Fiona Tiplady from Bradford Council's Regeneration Department explained how the planning process works and how you can make your views about the proposed housing development heard. The meeting was also attended by councillors Robin Owens, John Pennington and David Heseltine. Greenhill Action Group was well represented by Chairman Terry Brown, Treasurer Pauline Wood, Planning coordinators Trevor Eakin and Peter Fleming plus other members. We were also supported by our newly appointed Planning expert Richard Raper of Richard Raper Ltd.
Fiona explained the need to make valid objections and that if an outline planning application is made with only means of access to be considered, then representations which refer to the access to the site and the effect of the number of proposed houses can be made. Although an illustrative plan may accompany any application, references to a particular house detailed on the indicative plan and its location (i.e. within 1m of a site boundary) would not be relevant issues at the outline stage as these matters would be indicative only unless matters such as layout or scale have been applied for. We recommend you add your email address to the mailing list in the bottom left corner of our home page so that we can advise you at the time of suitable objections.
Among other questions Fiona confirmed:
- That there is nothing to stop the Developer gaining planning permission then selling on the site at a profit for another party to develop
- The largest recent planning objection was 2150 objectors plus a 5000 person petition and the objectors were successful
- The Outline Plan needs to include a indicative plan of the housing in addition to the outline (i.e. bridge) plan and the reason the current application is invalid is that the indicative plan was not good enough.