We were tasked by Countryside Properties with developing a planning promotion strategy for land at Belton Road in Silsden. At the time of commission, the land was identified as ‘safeguarded land’ by Bradford’s Development Plan, with a new Core Strategy under preparation.
The Site was initially promoted through the Local Plan process, culminating in our representation of Countryside Properties at the Examination of the Bradford Core Strategy DPD. During the Examination, the Council acknowledged that it was necessary for safeguarded land to be considered for development in Silsden in order to meet the town’s minimum housing requirement.
We subsequently prepared an outline planning application for up to 190 dwellings at the Site and a public exhibition was held to better understand the views of the local community. Meetings were also held with a number of local and statutory consultees.
We carefully managed the process after the application was submitted and despite the challenging technical issues faced, managed to ensure that no outstanding objections remained. We also successfully negotiated the Section 106 Heads of Terms. The application was approved unanimously by Bradford’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee in accordance with the Officers’ recommendation.