Plan for Ilkley house refused over Woodland Trust concerns

Monday, May 9th, 2022 3:52pm

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter

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The development of a new home on the outskirts of Ilkley has been refused as it would have a “harmful impact” on a neighbouring woodland.

In March, an application to build a house next to Brambletye, on Owler Park Road in Ilkley was submitted to Bradford Council by Alan Morrell.

It said the site was previously developed land, and that earlier applications for the land had been approved in 2009 and 2015.

But the Woodland Trust objected to the plans “on the basis of deterioration of Terrace Gill wood.”

The Trust said any development should include a “buffer zone” of at least 15 metres from any protected trees to prevent damage.

They added: “The Trust objects to this planning application on the basis of indirect impacts on ancient woodland.

“The applicant should provide additional information to demonstrate that appropriate mitigation is in place to protect the adjacent ancient woodland from deterioration. Where appropriate mitigation is not achievable then the application should not be taken forward.”

Refusing the plans, officers at Bradford Council added: “Given the particular constraints of the site, it is unlikely that it could accommodate a residential property successfully without having a harmful impact upon the neighbouring woodland.

“The proposal does not provide any evidence by way of an arboricultural impact assessment or biodiversity assessment to demonstrate that direct and indirect impacts of the development on the adjacent woodland and the species that it supports can be avoided.”

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