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Plan to build six houses on land between Steeton and Utley is refused

Monday, 5 September 2022 17:24

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build housing on a Steeton site have been refused, with planning officers saying it would be harmful to the Green Belt.

An application for six detached houses on land between the rail line and Keighley Road was submitted to the council earlier this year.

If approved, the homes would have been built on land called Hawkcliffe, between Steeton and Utley.

But the application, from P Armitage, was refused by Bradford Council last week.

Officers said: “The houses would appear as sprawl and encroachment of development into the countryside.

“The development would significantly affect openness and run contrary to Green Belt – including to check the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas, to prevent neighbouring towns merging into one another.

“Officers consider the proposal to present a clear and significant threat to the purposes of the Green Belt.”

Officers added: “Development is likely to significantly diminish the biodiversity value of the site.”

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