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Living development for people with learning disabilities in Keighley

Living development for people with learning disabilities in Keighley

Published by Harry Long at 7:00am 4th November 2019.

A supported living development can be built on a vacant Keighley site after the plans were approved by Councillors.

  • The development is for residents with learning disabilities.
  • The houses will be built off Royd Lane in the Beechcliffe area.
  • Residents will be supported by staff, who will visit once a day.  

Plans to build three houses on the site – off Royd Lane in the Beechcliffe area, were approved last year.

But earlier this year Jonathan Rumboll submitted a new application, to instead build a three storey apartment building of nine one-bed supported living units for people with learning disabilities on the site. The plans were approved by Bradford Council’s Keighley and Shipley Area Planning Panel on Wednesday.

There had been nine objections, with people raising concerns over highway safety, the appearance of the building, and that “difficult residents” could be placed there.

The panel were told that although the plans were for supported living units, staff would not live on site, and only visit once a day.

The site, which is surrounded by housing, is a former builders’ yard that was last used in 1997.

Planning officer Paul Verity said:

“The site is an eyesore at the moment, this development would provide a visual improvement.”

The plans were approved, but on the condition that nine parking spaces be provided on the site rather than the four originally proposed.