Agenda item

8 - 24 DARLEY STREET, BRADFORD

The Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways will submit a report (Document “AT”) in relation to a full application to include the demolition of  8, 10-14, 16-24 Darley Street, with basement retention, adaptation works and the construction of a 3-storey market building, public square and service yard on Darley Street, Bradford - 19/00737/REG

 

Recommended -

 

That the application be approved for the reason and subject to the conditions set out in the Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways’ technical report.

 

(John Eyles – 01274 434380)

 

Decision:

Resolved -

 

That the application be approved for the reason and subject to the conditions set out in the Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways’ technical report.

 

ACTION: Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways

 

(John Eyles – 01274 434380)

 

Minutes:

The Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways submitted a report (Document “AT”) in relation to a full application to include the demolition of  8, 10-14, 16-24 Darley Street, with basement retention, adaptation works and the construction of a 3-storey market building, public square and service yard on Darley Street, Bradford - 19/00737/REG

 

Members were informed that the site was within the City Centre Conservation Area and part of the Council’s proposal regarding the redevelopment of the Oastler Centre.   The first level would house a fresh goods market, which would replace the existing Oastler market and the second floor would be a food court.  There would also be a landscaped public space area.  The Council did not own the properties and was in discussion with the owners.  There were two smaller properties still operating in the proposed block and the owner of Unit 8 had objected to the proposal.  If the application was granted this would be a separate issue.  It was noted that a general observation had been submitted following the publication of the report that referred to the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail HS2.  The Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways stated that the application would provide a new market building and re-vitalise Darley Street.  He reported that it was located close to the Interchange and Forster Square stations and would be more accessible for people. The development would enhance and preserve the conservation area and it was recommended for approval subject to the conditions as set out in the report.

 

In response to Members’ queries, the Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways confirmed that:

 

·         A mix of materials had been proposed.  Their integrity and safety would be considered under building regulations and ensured that they would be fit for purpose.

·         Vintry House would be purchased and come under the control of the Council, however, it would not be included in the proposed scheme.

·         The Highways Department had not objected as the site was located in the City Centre and parking was plentiful, however, the two disabled parking spaces on Piccadilly were acknowledged.  Consideration had to be given as to whether traders could reach the site and it would be a link trip destination.

·         The proposed building would be smaller than the current one, however, it would be on three levels. 

·         Discussions had taken place with one of the independent business still trading in the proposed block and the Council was keen to ensure that a trader was not lost from the City Centre.

 

The applicant was present at the meeting and commented that:

 

·         The proposed building would be much smaller than the Oastler market in terms of retail space.

·         There were currently a number of vacant units in the Oastler and Kirkgate markets.

·         The best traders would be sought for the new market.

·         The first floor would be accessible out of hours and could be used for special events such as Christmas markets. 

·         The public area would be essential to making the area successful.

·         A consultation exercise with traders, City Centre businesses and members of the public had been undertaken.

·         1158 on line surveys had been completed and over 70% were supportive of the proposal.

·         The right mix of stores would be required.

·         If approved, the demolition would commence in early 2020 with an opening planned for April 2022.

 

Resolved -

 

That the application be approved for the reason and subject to the conditions set out in the Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways’ technical report.

 

ACTION: Assistant Director - Planning, Transportation and Highways

 

 

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