Plans for 35 homes in Eastburn approved

Plans for 35 homes in Eastburn approved

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Chris Young at 5:58pm 18th July 2019.

Main image: the area where the development is set to take place, between Croft House and Green Lane.

An area of green land near Keighley is going to have 35 new homes built on it, despite objections from the local MP.

  • A similar application for 31 homes on the same land was approved in 2015, but later lapsed.
  • John Grogan MP raised concerns over loss of trees.

Plans to build 35 homes on a field in Eastburn have been approved, despite the objection from a local MP.

John Grogan, Keighley and Ilkley MP, was one of several objectors to raise concerns over the plans for land between Croft House and Green Lane.

The application, submitted by A J Feather & Mrs Feather and Mr J Field, went before Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee on Thursday where it was approved by Councillors.

Members were told that despite the high profile objections, a similar application for 31 houses on the site had been approved in 2015, although that permission had since lapsed.

The site was also set aside as “safeguarded land” for housing in the Council’s plans.

Joe O’Keeffe spoke on behalf of Mr Grogan and the objectors at the meeting. He raised concerns about the loss of trees the development might bring.

He said:

“Referring to to the loss of trees in Sheffield recently, Michael Gove referred to tree felling as environmental vandalism. Mr Grogan doesn’t want the same actions to be happening in his own constituency.”

Officers said just two trees would be felled under the plans, at the access the site will share with Main Road.

Local Councillor Councillor Rebecca Whitaker (Cons, Craven) had written to the committee to say Steeton and Eastburn was “swamped” with new developments, and a pause should be put on allowing any new large housing schemes.

Planning officers Stuart Currie pointed out that this was just an outline application – more detailed plans including the layout of houses and conditions of the development, would form part of a separate planning application.

Members of the committee voted to approve the outline plans on the condition that any more detailed application come before them for a final decision.