My top priority for the centre of Bingley continues to be to see the old Bradford & Bingley Headquarters demolished and sold by Sainsbury’s as soon as possible so the site can be developed to bring much needed footfall to help the other businesses in Bingley.
I recently met again with Sainsbury’s to keep their feet to the fire, and am extremely grateful to Rev Beverley Mason who also came to the meeting to emphasise how important this is to the local community. Bev’s contribution to the meeting was extremely valuable and Bingley is very lucky to have her supporting the local community.
Sainsbury’s told us at that meeting that they were carrying out a series of 3 bat surveys to see if bats were still present in the building. Once they were complete, they would seek permission to demolish the building – including from Natural England if any bats are still present. Their expectation is that permission would be granted in time to start the demolition around September and they envisaged this taking until January 2015. In parallel they would be seeking the sale of the site which they hope can be carried out soon afterwards.
I also met with Justin King, the Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s, to ask him to personally ensure this was all carried out as soon as possible. He told me that the cost of the site had been written off in last year’s accounts and so there was no reason for any delay and he would ensure there was no delay. I will continue to do all I can to keep up the pressure on Sainsbury’s.
Sainsbury’s have also agreed to come to a public meeting in Bingley so that they can update people on how everything is developing and also to give the opportunity to local residents to have their say as well. At the time of writing I am still awaiting the confirmation of a date but the expectation is that it will be sometime in July. Cllr David Green, Leader of Bradford Council, has also agreed to come to the meeting so that people can discuss and raise any other issues of concern in Bingley.
* The Sainsbury’s public meeting has since been confirmed and will take place on Thursday 24th July at All Saints Parish Church in Bingley at 7pm.
Philip Davies MP supports local campaign to stop new housing development on Sty Lane, Micklethwaite
Local residents are also facing yet another planning application from developers for 440 houses at Sty Lane in Micklethwaite. This is a completely unacceptable and unjustifiable application which does nothing to address the reasons for the refusal of the previous applications by Bradford Councillors, the Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State.
I have submitted an objection to this proposed development as I have done with the previous applications, and I hope that common sense prevails.
I wrote to the developers to remonstrate against them for pursuing these planning applications and they wrote back to say they were being done with the encouragement of the Council officers – something I have complained about to the Chief Executive and Leader of Bradford Council. There are already powers in place which allow Councils to strike out “repetitious” planning applications, but it seems that the Council Officers are determined to see this land developed. I will continue to do all I can to support local residents in their excellent campaign against this.
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