1,000 new houses could be built on land surrounding Silsden Primary School campus

Up to 1,000 new houses could be built on land surrounding the proposed replacement for Silsden Primary School campus, says Bradford Council.

LDF for SilsdenThe council’s planning application for the new school building claims that a company is considering building the housing development on nearby fields.

The massive new estate could stretch from Bolton Road to the north of Silsden towards the Howden Road side of the town, bordered at the top by Hawber Lane.

Bradford councillors representing Craven ward – which includes Silsden – are warning that such a development would make it essential to build the town’s long-awaited bypass.

For many years a corridor running along the eastern side of Silsden has been earmarked for a potential bypass, linking Bolton Road with Keighley Road and avoiding the congested town centre.

Similarly, Bradford Council strategic development plans over the past couple of decades have accepted that fields between the bypass route and existing housing estates could be suitable for new housing

This would help Silsden meet its council-imposed target of 1,200 new homes over the next 15 years.

The planning application for the new Silsden Primary School states that “parties” have sought pre-application advice from the council about a large housing development to the immediate north-east of the proposed school site.

The two teams have met several times over the past year to try to integrate their plans so that the same road network could serve both developments.

A separate part of the planning application states: “Land to the north, east and south-east is greenbelt designated as safeguarding land in the development plan and is the subject of a major housing development potentially 1,000 new homes, we are led to understand.”

District councillors Adrian Naylor and Andrew Mallinson said they had heard nothing about plans by a single developer to build 1,000 houses, but both strongly believe the entire area will be developed in the next few years.


Cllr Mallinson said: “The whole principle of putting a school there is to encourage developers to develop land around the site. The council intends a huge amount of growth to take place.

“There are developers sniffing around for a quick win. They will talk to landowners, buy the land and sit back to wait for work starts on the school, then we’ll see a host of planning applications.

“Within 15 years there will be more than 1,000 houses in the town. We will lose those green fields.”

Cllr Mallinson believes this would be the ‘tipping point’ for Silsden and force a need for an eastern bypass, but said he had been told it could cost between £10 million and £40 million to build.

Fellow district councillor Adrian Naylor said landowners to the north and east of the school site were hoping to sell their land to developers.

He said: “What we’ll see is a whole patchwork of landowners applying for planning permission and waiting for a developer to come along and put something up.”

Cllr Naylor said Bradford Council hoped each developer would pay for the section of bypass running past its development.

He said the only other source of funding would be the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, but its road plans for the next 10 to 15 years did not include a Silsden bypass.

Euro profile locks – is your house secure?

There still continues to be a number of burglaries in the area where entry is via an unlocked door/window or by attacking the euro profile locks.

Please lock your doors, even if you are in, and ensure your locks are up to standard. Please see attached information on the euro profile lock standards.

Silsden School Planning App 17/05793/REG

This planning application will affect everyone in Silsden, whether you have primary age school children or not. The position of the proposed new school is such it will generate a lot of extra traffic and has the potential of making Silsden impossible to get through at peak periods of the day. It will also open up the Banklands land for the building of many more houses with access via a road from above Tannery Corner (Bolton Road) – This will not be a bypass. With this in mind, I urge you to read the documents below and make your comments to Bradford.


17/05793/REG | A fit for purpose 3.FE primary school and nursery, which includes a future-proofed design to enable a 4.FE school provision. External works to include utility connections/diversions, landscaping, car parking, highways, external play and sports provision. | Land At Hawber Lane Silsden West Yorkshire

This planning application is now available for view, although at the time of writing the Highways Report is not available because it has not been published.

There are a lot of documents associated with this project – the following can be viewed from this website (rather than from the Bradford Planning Portal). These are the major documents published so far which will allow you to see the proposal without having to view duplicates and view “every” document.

All the documents are in pdf format, many are large and are best viewed on a desktop computer, or using a laptop.

Read this first.

DESIGN___ACCESS_STATEMENT-4977966 This is a large document ( 2522Kb) but it should be your starting point. It provides an overview of the project. Did You Know, there will be 100 car parking spaces for staff and 15 visitor spaces, 640 pupils + nursery places. There will be a one-way system with traffic entering via Bolton Road – Dale View – Banklands Lane – Hawber Cote Lane (into the school) – round the back of the school with lots of drop off spaces and exit via Middleway – Daisy Hill – Howden Road – Kirkgate …. NICE!

… and there is no Highways Report for a proposed traffic management.

RIBA_STAGE_02_-_SITE_PLAN_PROPOSED_LANDSCAPING-4993013 (2425Kb) This is worth downloading, it is a fairly comprehensive plan of the layout and there are notes which are worth expanding to read. Why 4-11 year olds need a full-size football pitch I have no idea, but it looks like it will be expensive to make and maintain and there are no swimming facilities. A 2.4m fence will surround the school site. The footpath which goes from the top of Banklands Lane towards the east will be closed and cease to exist because it bisects the school site.

TRANSPORT_ASSESSMENT_V1.0-4993012 (18552Kb) Apparently, Bradford has carried out a traffic survey and “although the site is difficult to access everything will be alright!” The survey appears to be data from other traffic surveys combined to make an “alright” case. The baseline of 2017 being everything is OK and in 2023 there might have to be something done to manage the traffic, this seems to be 6 years too late when something should be done now. It estimates 47% of students, at the current site, arrive by car and this figure will increase to 66% for the new school. There doesn’t appear to be any correlation in the traffic survey to the extra traffic and congestion which will be generated through Kirkgate by the new school. Many of the pictures at the end of the document are taken from Google Street Map which makes you wonder if they ever actually visited the site.  This document seems to be a work of fiction.


What’s the building actually going to look like?

Decide for yourself, this is typical off the shelf school building, but why it has to look like Noddy Town and be clad in many different colours rather than traditional stone I have no idea.







Will the students have to wear wellies?

FLOOD_RISK_ASSESSMENT-4993015 (6096KB) According to this document they won’t have to wear wellies. This is a Flood Zone 1 site and not at risk of flooding from other sources. This conclusion seems a little naive when the land to the east has a high runoff area during the winter months. Where the proposed football pitch is – on old maps, the word Spring can be found! Spring Bank is a bit of a clue in case you missed it!

REVISED_DRAINAGE_STRATEGY-4993014 (5666Kb) Amongst other measures to alleviate runoff from the site, 2 ponds are proposed. I’m not sure how this feature sits with safety for a school? One of them is near the nursery building. There is a proposal, rather than open ponds, to store the excess runoff water under the football pitch. The strategy is only concerned with the runoff from the site itself and there doesn’t appear to be any plans to control runoff onto the site from the higher ground to the east, which at present, is absorbed by the ground which will become a concrete surface when the school is built. There could be a groundwater problem once the school is built.

GEOTECHNICAL_REPORT-4977975 (1646Kb) This document details the state of the ground beneath the school building. Note: boreholes were only taken where the new school building will sit.


What will happen to the trees which have Tree Protection Orders – (TPOs)?

APPENDIX_4_TREE_CONSTRAINTS_PLAN_PDF-4977781 (472Kb) Map of the tree locations.

APPENDIX_1_TREE_DATA-4977780 (57Kb) A report on the condition of trees on the site and recommendations.

Trees – unsafe or in the way (3556Kb) This is not a planning document. It shows the trees which will be removed – those that are unsafe and those that are in the way, overlaid onto the plans for the school.

PRELIMINARY_ECOLOGICAL_APPRAISAL-4977777 (2384Kb) Where the bats might live and other such things.


I hope the above is of some use and goes some way to helping you understand how this new school will affect the community. The opinions expressed above are my own.

If you would like to let Bradford know what YOU think of the plans you should make your comments on the Bradford Planning Portal (where the full set of documents are available). You can also write to them.

How to submit your comments for
THE PLANNING APPLICATION AND DOCUMENTS: Re 17/05793/REG | A fit for purpose 3.FE primary school and nursery, which includes a future-proofed design to enable a 4.FE school provision. External works to include utility connections / diversions, landscaping, car parking, highways, external play and sports provision. | Land At Hawber Lane Silsden West Yorkshire 

Use this link


…. and on the page search for planning application number





Core Strategy Inspectors Report

Core Strategy Inspectors Report

The Planning Inspectorate appointed Mr Stephen J Pratt BA(Hons) MRTPI as Independent Planning Inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State to take charge of the Examination of the Bradford District Core Strategy. The Programme Officer was Tony Blackburn.

The Inspector’s Report was received by Bradford Council on 22nd August 2016. The report provides his findings, recommendations and conclusions (and reasons behind these).

Please note that these documents are purely for information only and comments or views are not invited.


Silsden Neighbourhood Watch Public Meeting – Update and Minutes

Hi everyone,
Many thanks to everyone who came to our public meeting on Wednesday. We were pleased to see over 50 members of our community there, which was a great response. This was a very constructive meeting and big thanks to everyone who participated, including West Yorkshire Police and John Grogan MP. Thanks also to Silsden Town Council for supporting the meeting and to our Mayor, Peter Robinson for chairing.

As promised, here are the minutes from the meeting. Thanks also to Chris Goodall for helping out with this.

We will be tying up a few ends from the meeting over the next couple of weeks, then will be arranging a further meeting for Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators/Volunteers, probably in September. Our intention is that we set up an action group to:
1. Ensure actions from the public meeting are followed through.
2. Work out how best to develop Silsden Neighbourhood Watch to protect our community.
3. Improve communication between Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators, the police and the local community.

It was clear from the meeting on Wednesday, that Neighbourhood Watch works best when working in conjunction with the local police and there is a great willingness from the police to do so. We would like to extend our scheme to ensure it covers as much of our local area as possible. To do this, we need lots more volunteers to be a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for their street, or even part of the street. This doesn’t take a huge amount of time, but would be really beneficial for everyone. This way, we make sure Silsden’s just not worth the bother for thieves and other criminals that continue to make life difficult for everyone.

If you are interested in volunteering, please watch this space and come along to our next meeting, or contact us via our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/silsdenwatch/

ps – we hope to have an email contact in the near future….

Plan-IT Newsletter July 2017



Hi everyone. Following all the ongoing issues regarding crime in the town, Silsden Neighbourhood Watch have organised a public meeting on Weds 26th July at 7pm in the Town Hall.

The meeting will be attended by representatives of West Yorkshire Police and will be chaired by the Mayor of Silsden Town Council. Our new local MP, John Grogan has also agreed to attend, although he will not be able to stay for the full meeting due to a previous commitment to another engagement.

The intention is that we get a good attendance to discuss the concerns Silsden residents have in relation to crime in the area, with a view to setting out some concrete actions to improve this for everyone.

We’ve (understandably) had a lot of people with a lot to say on facebook, etc., so here’s your chance to come along and have your say to the people who count.

As ever, this event is organised by volunteers, so any offers of help with publicising, or setting up the event will be very welcome. Please contact us via Silsden Neighbourhood Watch if you can help. We’ll be putting some posters up around the town starting this week, so please contact us if you need a copy to pin up in your workplace/community centre, etc.

Please share this information with others who may not be on facebook or the internet, so we reach as many people as possible.


Poster – 26.7.17

Bradford Council proposes new traffic orders for Silsden

A traffic order is being advertised in Silsden recommending:

No waiting at any time on two lengths of Bradley Road and No waiting at any time on two lengths of Belton Road and four lengths of Keighley Road.

These intended restrictions for Bradley Road relate to its junction with Skipton Road.

The planned changes at Belton Road and Keighley Road would affect the junction of these roads and a stretch of the northbound lane of Keighley Road as it passes the sports fields.

Craven Ward Councillor Adrian Naylor said he welcomed the traffic orders.

“These have been asked for, for some considerable amount of time,” he added.

“The yellow lines meant for Bradley Road and Skipton Road are to stop cars parking at that junction in order to improve visibility and safety.

“But it needs enforcement. You can have as many yellow lines as you like, but it won’t make a difference unless you have someone there to issue parking tickets.”


Millions spent in Bradford after assets stripped in Silsden

A proposed new £15 million market in Bradford is a kick in the teeth for Silsden people losing land and buildings, claims a councillor.

Adrian Naylor said cash-strapped Bradford Council was spending millions on the city centre while outlying towns and villages were losing their assets.

He spoke after Bradford announced plans to replace the existing Oastler Centre with a new market in Darley Street, and use the old site for housing.

Cllr Naylor, who sits on both Bradford and Silsden councils, said City Hall had in recent years made six-figure sums selling Silsden’s assets.



He said these included the former library, council offices and public toilets, and strips of land that developers could use to access land-locked housing sites.

Cllr Naylor said: “The new £15 million market, while welcome news for Bradford, is not going to be welcomed by people living in outlying areas that are not seeing investment taking place.

“The market in the centre of Bradford will not attract anyone from the outer elements of the district. One of the concerns voiced by residents are that assets are being stripped in outlying areas of the district.”

Cllr Naylor said public buildings in Silsden were being closed and sold, despite the council forecasting that the town would grow by 50 per cent in coming years.

Silsden library will close at the end of this month


Silsden library will close at the end of this month and will not reopen until the summer, says a councillor.

The shock news was revealed this week despite efforts by townspeople to take over the library from Bradford Council.

Cllr Adrian Naylor said staff would be pulled from the facility in Silsden Town Hall on April 1, and the doors will remain closed until a team of volunteers has completed training.

The town and district councillor, who is spearheading the community library project, this week said he had pleaded with council bosses for a rethink.

But he said: “They’ve refused to budge. I even asked whether we could find the money to pay the staff ourselves and they still said no, because workers had been redeployed elsewhere in the council.

“We are basically at Bradford’s beck and call. I’m not impressed with what’s gone on so far.”

Cash-strapped Bradford Council made it clear last year that several of its smaller libraries, including Silsden, would close on April 1 this year unless people came forward to take over responsibility.

Bradford agreed to provide books, computer systems and running costs but the entire staff would have to be volunteers.

Cllr Naylor said dozens of volunteers came forward 12 months ago to staff and manage the library, but through no fault of their own, vital meetings with council officers and councillors were delayed.

He added: “Effectively the process was delayed for 10 months, then another three months. And now, through no fault of the volunteers, we will have several months with the library closed.

“The volunteers would rather the library stayed open and the transfer went through seamlessly.”

The Silsden library group this week confirmed it had had three meetings with council representatives to discuss the handover of the library service in Silsden.

Spokesman Janet Emmett said: “Many locals have come forward to offer their time and a management committee has now been formed to organise the running of the library.

“However, around 60 people are needed if the service is to continue to operate over 30 hours a week, as it does at present.

“The committee are looking forward to tailoring the new service to Silsden’s needs including the possibility of delivering books to the elderly and providing more activities for local school children as well as enabling other items, such as tourist information, to be on display.”

Anyone willing to give at least an hour a fortnight should email janetemmett@talktalk.net or call Janet on 07443 333531.